Pedilochilus dischorense

Pedilochilus dischorense Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 689

Type: Schlechter 19592 (holo B, lost; iso K)

Epiphyte, very small, 6-10 cm high. Rhizome short, with close-set pseudobulbs. Roots filiform, elongate, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs ovoid or cylindrical-ovoid, 0.8-1 by 0.4-0.5 cm below the middle; 1-leaved. Leaves linear, minutely apiculate, glabrous, 4-8 by 0.3-0.7 cm near the middle; base weakly narrowed into a petiole. Inflorescence 1-flowered, c. 2 cm long, basal, wiry, glabrous; with few clasping peduncle-scales. Floral bracts cucullate, apiculate, much shorter than the slender pedicellate ovary. Pedicel and ovary slender 0.6-0.7 cm long. Flower erect or suberect. Sepals elliptic, apiculate, the base gradually somewhat narrowed, outside minutely dotted-scaly, with 3 swollen-keeled nerves, 1 cm long. Median sepal in the apical half with rather inconspicuously finely ciliate margins, somewhat broader than the lateral sepals. Lateral sepals oblique, finely ciliate. Petals in outline rhombic, 0.5 cm long; base very shortly clawed; in the middle humped-curved; midrib outside swollen. Lip in outline broadly obovate, slipper-shaped; base very shortly clawed; basal auricles very small, suberect, oblong, obtuse, the callus between them low and rounded; margins especially towards the top thickened; inside with keeled midrib; apically elongated in a very small, triangular, obtuse lobule. Column short, glabrous; stelidia subulate, almost reaching the middle of the lip. Anther oblongoid-cucullate with a large umbo, glabrous. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers whitish with red spots.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 534-12M.jpg.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.