Pedilochilus papuanum

Pedilochilus papuanum Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 219

Type: Schlechter 14014 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, creeping, ca, 20 cm high. Rhizome creeping, terete, with dense, clasping small sheaths. Roots filiform, flexuose, elongated, glabrous. Pseudobulbs distant (internodes 0.7 cm long), narrowly conical-oblong, about terete, glabrous, c. 1.5 by 0.5 cm at the base; 1-leaved. Leaves erect or erect-patent, narrowly linear-lanceolate, subcoriaceous, 6-9 by, 0.5-0.6 cm near the middle; base gradually narrowed; apex unequally bilobulate. Inflorescence slender, erect, terete, glabrous, 4-5 cm long, with few distant, acuminate, laxly clasping sheaths. Floral bract ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, laxly clasping the base of the pedicel, 0.4 cm long. Flowers slender, pedicellate, medium size. Median sepal ovate-oblong, acuminate, somewhat concave, glabrous, c. 1 cm long. Lateral sepals obliquely acuminate, lower margin in apical half somewhat dilated, glabrous, as long as the median one. Petals porrect-incurved, obliquely ovate, erect, 0.5 cm long; apex acuminate; upper margin concave-incurved. Lip slipper-shaped-cucullate; base narrowed; margins erect; apex ovate, obtuse, spread, 0.7 cm long, hood in the middle 0.5 cm wide. Column short; stelidia subulate, erect, two times as long as the anther; column-foot present. Anther high, helmet-shaped-cucullate, obtuse, outside covered with small warts and grooves. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, c. 1.7 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Colours: Flower yellow. Petals and lip dotted brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 1600-2600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, April, November, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 534-25M.jpg.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.