Agrostophyllum bilobolabellatum

Agrostophyllum bilobolabellatum Gilli, Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 84, B (1980 publ. 1983) 15, fig. 1

Type: Gilli 468 (holo W)

Epiphytic, erect or hanging down, to 30 cm long. Rhizome short. Roots elongated, flexuose. Stems compressed, densely 3-8-leaved, entirely covered with the clasping leaf-sheaths. Leaves erect-patent or erect; blade narrowly lanceolate, 6-17 by 0.4-0.6 cm, narrowed into a 0.54 cm long petiole; sheaths tightly clasping with truncate apex. Floral head many-flowered, semiglobose, erect, 2-2.5 cm diam., covered with several sheaths that eventually become lacerate, peduncles short, covered with small scales. Flowers 1.5 cm long. Sepals semitransparent, acute. Median sepal broadly elliptic. Lateral sepals obliquely elliptic. Petals narrowly lanceolate, curved, acute, almost falcate, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip very broad, bilobed, lateral margins dentate. (After Gilli, 1983).

Colours: Sepals greenish white. Petals white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2650-2950 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 24-9M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.

Note: Related to Agrostophyllum compressum Schltr.