Taeniophyllum leucanthum

Taeniophyllum leucanthum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1021

Type: Schlechter 18952 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte without leaves, very slender; roots flattened, filiform, flexuose, about 0.1 cm wide, up to 30 cm long. Inflorescence densely 10- to 20-flowered, distichous, including the peduncle up to 2 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers rather small, opening in succession, glabrous. Sepals 0.2 cm long. Median sepal ovate, obtuse. Lateral sepals obliquely and narrowly oblong, obtuse. Petals obliquely ovate, obtuse, almost as long as the sepals. Lip ovate, at the apex with swollen margins, obtuse, in the middle near the base with an oblanceolate concavity; spur ellipsoid, obtuse, 0.13 cm long. Column short, thick; rostellum hammer-shaped. Anther at the base subreniform, linear-rostrate; pollinia obliquely ellipsoid; stipe thin and slender, strongly widened towards the apex; viscidium oblong, rather small. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, 2 mm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-114M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.