Pedilochilus macrorhinum

Pedilochilus macrorhinum P.Royen, Alp. Fl. New Guinea 2 (1979) 265, fig. 93

Type: Wissel 172 (holo BO)

Small, up to 15 cm high, epiphytic herb. Rhizome creeping, branched (?). Pseudobulbs glabrous, slightly apart, subparallel to rhizome with the apical part curving outwards, narrowly ovoid-cylindric, 10-16 by 1.5-3.5 mm, at base with several glabrous bracts, broadly ovate, 10-12(-35) mm long, acute, nerved. Leaves erect, coriaceous, glabrous, elliptic-spathulate, 2.7-3.5 by 0.6-1 cm, acute, midrib grooved above, prominent below, lateral nerves 5 on either side of midrib, prominulous above, prominent below, margin slightly revolute, papillate in apical part. Inflorescence solitary. Peduncle glabrous, 12-15 cm long, at base with a tubular;, 6-18 mm long bract, obliquely truncate, acutish, glabrous, With a shorter one above the middle. Floral bract 3-12 mm long. Pedicel glabrous, 6.5-7 mm long. Ovary glabrous, claviform-conoid, 4.5-5 mm long, 6-grooved. Median sepal glabrous but margin scattered fimbriate, lanceolate, 15.5-16 by 4.5-5 mm, acute, 3-nerved, nerves prominent on outside along entire length. Lateral sepals obliquely lanceolate, 15-15.5 by 5.5-6 mm, 5-nerved, otherwise similar to median sepal. Lateral petals glabrous, sigmoid, 5-6 by 2.5-3 mm, obtusely acuminate, unequally winged, 1-nerved. Lip glabrous, incompletely known, elliptic in outline, 10 by 4 mm, epichilium not seen, mesochilium obovoid, 5-nerved, midrib stoutly crested on inside, hypochilium at tip with 2 lateral, falcate, oblong, 1.5 mm long, obtuse appendages, between these with an elongate, medially grooved appendage, base of hypochilium 3-lobed. Column short, and slender, 1.7-2.2 mm long, clinandrium crenulate. Stelidia subulate, crossing each other in front of anther. Anther cucullate, 1.2 by 0.7 by 0.4 mm, apiculate, cordate at base, glabrous. Pollinia not seen. Column-foot short, curved forward, humped at tip, crested on inside. Capsule not seen. (After van Royen, 1979)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Terrestrial in subalpine grassland.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); see map 534-20M.jpg.

Cultivation: Cool growing terrestrial, requires light position.