Thelasis cycloglossa

Thelasis cycloglossa Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 907

Type: Schlechter 16566 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, slender, decumbent. Rhizome elongated; roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs obliquely depressed-conical, 1-leaved, to 1 cm high, at the base to 1 cm diam. Leaf erect, ligulate, unequally and obtusely bilobulate, gradually somewhat narrowed towards the base, 5-8.5 cm long, near the middle 0.55-0.7 cm wide. Peduncle erect, straight or nearly so, with a few small scales, as long as the leaves or a little longer; rachis densely many-flowered, gradually elongated, to 2 cm long. Floral bracts slightly curved, suborbicular, apiculate, as long as the ovary. Flowers somewhat fleshy, glabrous, not resupinate. Sepals oblong, subacute, about 0.3 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, with a high keel. Petals obliquely elliptic-ligulate, subacute, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip suborbicular, at the base broad, at the apex subacute, as long as the petals, when flattened 0.25 cm wide. Column very short, rostellum long-triangular, bifid. Anther lanceolate-cucullate, sharply acute; pollinia obliquely rhomboid; stipe twice as long, thin, narrowed towards the base; viscidium minute lanceolate. Ovary 3-ribbed, glabrous, c. 0.12 cm long, sessile. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers green.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 686-17M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.