Monosepalum torricellense

Monosepalum torricellense Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 896

Type: Schlechter 20171 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, creeping or spreading, to 70 cm long. Rhizome strongly elongated, rooting. Roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs ascending or subparallel to the rhizome, cylindrical, 0.7-1 by 0.2-0.25 cm; 1-leaved. Leaf broadly elliptic or suborbicular, 2.8-3.7 by 2-2.5 cm near the middle. Inflorescence 1-flowered, slender, sparsely prickly-hairy; with a few small distant peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, much shorter than the ovary. Sepals to the apex connate into a boat-shaped, lanceolate blade, 6.5 cm long; apex itself minutely tridentate. Petals very small, axe-shaped, rounded, obtuse, apiculate, 0.2 cm by 0.35 cm, obtusely apiculate, with 3 glabrous, clavate appendages, the lower appendage 1 cm long, the median one 0.7 cm long, the upper one 0.5 cm long. Lip unknown. Column short; stelidia short triangular-subulate; column-foot incurved. Ovary and pedicel 2.5 cm long, prickly with dense, backwards-pointing appendages. (After Schlechter, 1913)

Colours: Flower whitish, with close-set red spots.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 462-3M.jpg.