Thelasis copelandii

Thelasis copelandii Kraenzl. in Engl., Pflanzenr. IV. 50. II. B. 23 (1911) 44

Type: Copeland King s.n. (Papua New Guinea, Cape Frere) (holo B?, lost)

Vegetative parts not seen, except for a single detached leaf. Leaf at the base tightly folded, broadly ligulate, apex obtusely bilobulate, coriaceous, 14 ['1.4'] by 2.7 cm. Inflorescence 13 to 18 cm long; peduncle-scales 2-3, yellowish brown, rather long, long acuminate, distant; rachis 4-7 cm long, densely many-flowered, subcylindrical. Floral bracts oblong, abruptly aristate, to 0.5 cm long, equalling the flowers or a little longer. Flowers 0.2 cm long. Median sepal ovate-triangular, acute. Lateral sepals in the apical part similar, at the base strongly produced; mentum somewhat prominent. Petals smaller, oblong, subobtuse. Lip short-clawed; claw concave; blade at the base cordate, in outline broadly ovate, apex obtuse, not surpassing the sepals. Rostellum rather deeply bifid. Anther ovate, as long as the rostellum, acuminate; viscidium fairly large, linear; cuadicle almost as long; pollinia minute, globose. (After Kraenzlin, 1911)

Colours: Flowers 'certainly white tinged pink' (Kraenzlin).

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest?

Flowering time in the wild: Not known.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 686-16M.JPG.