Schoenorchis micrantha

Schoenorchis micrantha Reinw. ex Blume, Bijdr. (1825) 362

Type: Blume s.n. (Java, Mt. Gede); (Java, Mt. Salak) (syn L 2x); no loc. (syn L); Kuhl & van Hasselt s.n. (syn L)

Epiphytic, very small; roots filiform, glabrous. Stem unbranched, curved, leafy, to 15 cm long. Leaves patent, subulate-filiform, above slightly grooved, apiculate, 3-5 cm long, 0.15-0.2 cm diam. Inflorescence densely many-flowered, secund, sometimes as long as the leaves, straight, carrying flowers to near the base. Floral bracts deltoid, shorter than the ovary. Flowers minute, glabrous. Sepals elliptic, obtuse, 0.18 cm long. Lateral sepals minutely apiculate, narrower than the median sepal. Petals obliquely oblong, broadly obtuse, somewhat narrowed towards the base, almost as long as the sepals. Lip in outline oblong, as long as the sepals, in apical third 3-lobed; lateral lobes very short, narrow; mid-lobe much larger, ovate, laterally flattened underneath; spur oblongoid, somewhat incurved, dorsally in the middle a little dilated, 0.11 cm long. Column short, on either side with a tooth; rostellum deeply bifid, large. Anther in front slightly produced, obtuse; pollinia globose; stipe narrowly linear, almost twice as long as the pollinia; viscidium oblong, as long as the stipe. Ovary sessile, c. 0.15 cm long, glabrous. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers white, slightly tinged reddish.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 10 to 1467 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, February, March, May, June, July, September, November, December.

Distribution: Malesia (Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, New Guinea, Philippines), Thailand, ?Laos, Vietnam, Australia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 636-21M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.