Aphyllorchis odoardii

Aphyllorchis odoardii Rchb.f., Bot. Centralbl. 28 (1886) 345

Type: Beccari s.n. (holo FI)

Stem very slender, nodding. Sheaths very distant. Raceme few-flowered. Floral bracts oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, almost as long as the pedicel. Flower ringent. Sepals unequal, cuneate, oblong, acute. Lateral sepals linear-ligulate, curved, deflexed. Petals oblong, acute. Lip lateral lobes triangular, erect, near the base of the column, mid-lobe above the narrow claw obtusely triangular (apex ancipitous-always?). Column thick, near the stigmatic cavity on either side angled. (After Reichenbach f., 1886).

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Terrestrial in forest.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia).

Cultivation: Terrestrial, probably parasitic on fungi and probably impossible to grow under normal conditions.