Thelasis edelfeldtii

Thelasis edelfeldtii Kraenzl. in Engl., Pflanzenr. IV. 50. II. B. 23 (1911) 39, fig. 5, F-N

Type: Edelfeldt 9 (holo B, lost)

Pseudobulbs elongated bottle-shaped, somewhat flattened, to 6 cm long, at the base 1.2 cm wide, 1-leaved at the apex, with few leaves from the base, sheaths 7-8 cm long, about 1 cm wide, abscission lines straight, blade narrowly linear, to 34 by 1.5 cm, apex oblique, obtuse, incurved, blade of the apical leaf to 36 cm by 1.5 cm long, similar to the basal leaves. Inflorescence very slender, undoubtedly pendulous, arising from the axils of the cataphylls, laxly c. 30-flowered, to 25 cm long. Flowers pendulous. Floral bracts minute, ovate, acute, shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Sepals narrowly ovate-triangular, 0.3 cm long, acuminate. Lateral sepals at the base not dilated. Petals almost equal to the sepals, a little smaller and thinner, 0.25 cm long, transparent. Lip linear, at the base a little broader, with an indistinct angle on either side, concave, at the base with two calli next to each other, apex obtuse. Column short, thick; rostellum deeply bifid, hyaline. Anther short, rather thick; viscidium thick. Ovary fairly broadly 2-winged, almost 0.5 cm long, just below the sepals 0.15 cm wide. (After Kraenzlin, 1911)

Colours: Not recorded.

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: 686-19M.JPG.