Pedilochilus clemensiae

Pedilochilus clemensiae L.O.Williams, Bot. Mus. Leafl. 12 (1946) 162, pl 22, 8-12

Type: Clemens 12008 (AMES 60625)

Small epiphyte; rhizome creeping. Pseudobulbs 1cm long, 2mm in diameter, clustered, fusiform to narrowly ovoid. Leaves petiolate, 5cm long including the petiole, c. 6 mm wide, the petiole c. 1 cm long; blade linearacute, coriaceous. Inflorescence about 7cm long, 1exceeding the leaf, lateral, with two small apiculate peduncle-scales about 4 mm long. Median sepal 1011 by 4 mm, elliptic or oblanceolate, acute, with three main nerves, margins minutely undulate. Lateral sepals about 14 by 6 mm, oblongslightly oblique, apiculate, 3to 5nerved, decurrent on the columnPetals 5by 2.5 mm, oblongapiculate, 1-nerved, strongly winged dorsally along the nerve. Lip about 10 mm long and 5 mm deep, clawed, boat-shaped and saccate especially towards the apex, apex with a short recurved apicule, base of the sac with two lamellate calli 34 mm long, with two small erect lanceolate auricles about 1.5 mm long and a small lamellate callus about 1 mm long at the apex of the small claw (or at the base of the lip). Column about 1 mm long, with two terminal, erect, subulate stelidia; columnfoot about 2 mm long; anther about 1.25 mm long, apparently erect; pollinia in two deeply sulcate ellipsoid bodies. (After Williams, 1947)

Colours: Flowers golden yellow with wine-red lip.

Habitat: Epiphyte in moss near the ground in boggy forest; 1700 m.

Flowering time in the wild: March.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 534-9M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte, requires shaded position.