Pedilochilus angustifolium

Pedilochilus angustifolium Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 687

Type: Schlechter 18557 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, spreading, very small, to 17 cm long. Rhizome short, with close-set pseudobulbs. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs subparallel to the rhizome, subcylindrical, 1-1.7 by 0.15-0.23 cm near the middle; 1-leaved; apex somewhat narrowed. Leaf linear, acute, towards the base slightly narrowed into a petiole, usually more or less falcate-oblique, 8-11 by 0.3-0.4 cm near the middle. Inflorescence wiry, glabrous, 1.75-2.5 cm long, with few, minute, distant small peduncle-scales. Floral bracts very small, cucullate, apiculate, much shorter than the slender pedicellate ovary. Ovary very slender pedicellate, glabrous, including the pedicel c. 1.2 cm long. Flower small for the genus, erect. Sepals elliptic-ligulate, acute, glabrous, 0.8 cm long, outside with 3 thickened nerves. Lateral sepals oblique, broader than the median one. Petals ligulate, acute, slightly curved, 0.65 cm long; margins very minutely finely ciliate; midrib outside swollen. Lip in outline broadly obovate, about slipper-shaped, 0.08 by 0.38 cm above the middle; base shortly clawed; near the base with very small slightly recurved, erect-patent, narrowly falcate-triangular, subobtuse auricles, between these with a short, transverse, broadly obtuse callus; inside with 3 thickened nerves; the apical 5th contracted, lobuliform, semi-elliptic, obtuse. Column very short, glabrous; stelidia falcate-subulate, barely exceeding the basal 6th part of the lip; column-foot short, somewhat incurved. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers uniform golden yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1300-1800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 534-3M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.