Taeniophyllum malianum

Taeniophyllum malianum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1022

Type: Schlechter 18364 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte without leaves, slender. Roots slightly flattened, flexuose, 0.1-0.18 cm wide, up to 20 cm long. Inflorescence densely 10- to 15-flowered. distichous, including the filiform peduncle up to 2.5 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, minute, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers glabrous, opening in succession. Sepals and petals oblong-ligulate, obtuse, about equally long, 0.05 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Lip ovate, obtuse, in the middle with a cavity, as long as the sepals; spur cylindrical, a little widened above the middle, a little longer than the lip. Column very short, rostellum hammer-shaped. Anther rounded-cucullate linear-rostrate; pollinia obliquely ellipsoid; stipe almost 3 times longer, at the base thin, widened towards the apex; viscidium linear, large. Ovary subsessile, 0.35 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower yellowish white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 100 to 800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: March, April, June, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea), Solomon Islands.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-122M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.