Pedilochilus stictanthum

Pedilochilus stictanthum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 693

Type: Schlechter 18570 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, very small, 7-10 cm high. Rhizome short. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs crowded, ovoid, 0.8-1.2 by 0.5-0.7 cm; 1-leaved. Leaf erect or suberect, lanceolate-elliptic, acute or slightly acuminate, glabrous, thin-textured, 3.5-5.5 by 0.9-1.8 cm near the middle; base narrowed in a c. 1-1.5 cm long petiole. Inflorescence 1-flowered, basal, slender, filiform, glabrous, with few small distant scales, 3.5-6 cm long. Floral bracts ovate-cucullate, apiculate, glabrous, much shorter than the slender pedicellate ovary. Flower erect or suberect. Sepals oblong-elliptic, subacute, or acute, glabrous, 1.7 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, somewhat broader than the median one and longer. Petals oblong-quadrangular, slightly sigmoid-curved, indistinctly undulate-crenate, 0.8 cm long; base shortly claw-like cuneate; apex truncate. Lip elliptic, slipper-shaped, c. 1.5 by 0.7 cm above the middle; base shortly clawed; basal auricles recurved, falcate-oblong, obtuse, callus between them quadrangular, rather high; lip with thickened margins; inside with 2 small keels; at apex elongated in a very small, oblong, lobule. Column short, glabrous; stelidia subulate, hardly surpassing the basal 1/6th of the lip; column-foot somewhat recurved. Anther oblongoid-cucullate; base slightly cordate; with obovate umbo; in front minutely papillose. Pedicel and ovary slender, glabrous, 1.5-2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower outside yellowish, inside densely spotted red-brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 1800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: November.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea; see map 534-34M.jpg.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.