Cadetia cuneilabia

Cadetia cuneilabia Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58 (1922) 91.

Type: Ledermann 11831; 12163 (syn B, lost).

Rhizome very short. Stems crowded, erect, narrowly cylindrical, 0.8-2 cm by 1-1.5 mm, 1-leaved. Leaves erect, narrowly ligulate to linear, 1.3-1.6 by 0.2-0.3 cm, apex apiculate. Inflorescences 1-flowered. Pedicel and ovary 0.8-1.3 cm long, triangular in cross section. Flower c. 0.7 cm across. Sepals broadly elliptic, 0.4 cm long, apex subapiculate to subacute; mentum spur-like, falcate-conical, 0.4 cm long, narrowly obtuse. Petals obliquely narrowly ligulate, 0.3 cm long, apex narrowly obtuse. Lip at the base with a narrow claw, cuneate, subentire, with very indistinct lateral lobes, 0.75 by 0.25 cm, inside in basal part minutely papillose, just below the midlobe with 5 weak calli, midlobe reniform-quadrangular, apex shortly and obtusely bilobulate, with a minute apicule in the sinus. Column 0.25 cm long, glabrous in front, stelidia oblong, obtuse, filament longer, tooth-like.
(after Schlechter, 1922).

Colours: Flower white, lip greenish.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 2070 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May-June.

Distribution: New Guinea (endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea (East Sepik Province).

Map: CUNEIMAP.JPG [Cadetia cuneilabia Schltr., distribution map.]

Notes: Cadetia cuneilabia is only known from the original description, the type material being lost. Judging from this description it is quite similar to and possibly conspecific with Cadetia chionantha, but C. cuneilabia apparently has a longer mentum. Schlechter himself compared it to Cadetia chamaephytum, which however is much less similar.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.