Adenoncos papuana

Adenoncos papuana Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 969

Type: Schlechter 19193 (holo B, lost; iso K)

Epiphyte, small, 4-7 cm high; roots filiform, glabrous; stem terete, densely leafy, tightly covered with the rugulose leaf-sheaths; leaves patent, somewhat falcate-curved, linear-ligulate, apex unequally and acutely bilobulate, keeled below, carnose, 2-3 cm long, in the middle 0.4-0.5 cm wide. Inflorescences very short, sessile, 1-flowered, at the base covered with suborbicular, apiculate peduncle-scales; bracts similar to the peduncle-scales, somewhat longer than the ovary. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, acute, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely ligulate, shortly acuminate, 0.33 cm long. Lip suborbicular-obovate, 0.43 cm long, above the middle 0.35 cm wide, apiculate, at the base with an oblong, papillose callus. Column short, glabrous, 0.2 cm high, ovary sessile cylindrical, glabrous, 0.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower green.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1100-1550 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 14-9M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.