Dendrobium glossorhynchoides

Dendrobium glossorhynchoides Schltr., in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 172; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 215, fig. 812.

Type: Schlechter 14493 (holo B, lost).

Roots elongated, filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Stems pendulous, slender, terete, branched, to 20 cm by 1-1.5 mm, many-leaved. Leaf sheaths 0.1-0.15 cm wide, entirely covering the stem. Leaves erect-patent, linear, 1-1.5 by 0.15-0.2 cm, apex unequally minutely bilobulate, coriaceous. Inflorescences arising laterally from the stem, 1-flowered, sessile, at the base with a laterally compressed cucullate sheath. Floral bract minute, much shorter than the pedicel and ovary. Pedicel and ovary 0.6 cm long, clavate, glabrous. Flower not resupinated, c. 1 cm long. Dorsal sepal oblong, 0.5 cm long, apex obtuse. Lateral sepals obliquely oblong, sublobate-widened at the base, 0.5 cm long, coherent along the front margins, apex obtuse. Petals subfalcate, obliquely oblong-lanceolate, almost as long as the sepals, apex obtuse. Lip 3-lobed near the apex, 0.6 by 0.25 cm, linear-cuneate at the base, inside minutely pubescent, with two lamellae which are confluent near the apex; lateral lobes short, abruptly truncate; midlobe oblong, margins subundulate, obtuse. Column short, clinandrium with a triangular dorsal tooth; column-foot long. Anther rounded-cucullate, in front excised.
(after Schlechter, 1905).

Colours: Flower white, lip with red markings near the apex.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest. Altitude 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April, September.

Distribution: New Guinea (endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea (Sandaun Province: Torricelli Mountains).

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.