Appendicula bracteata

Appendicula bracteata (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 35

Basionym: Chilopogon bracteatum

Epiphytic, several-stemmed, 10-20 cm high; rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous; stems erect or suberect, straight or almost straight, densely leafy, terete, glabrous, entirely covered by the closely appressed leaf-sheaths; leaves oblong or lanceolate, apex strongly unequally bi-apiculate or bicuspidate, glabrous, 0.8-1.5 cm long, in the middle or below the middle 0.35-0.55 cm wide; Inflorescence more or less densely many-flowered, up to 5 cm long, distichous; bracts patent, large, lanceolate, cuspidate, margins lacerate-dentate, glabrous, lower ones usually almost two times longer than the flowers, upper ones gradually somewhat decreasing in size. Flowers patent. Sepals ovate-oblong, long apiculate, glabrous, 0.35 cm long. Lateral sepals at the base along the front margin strongly dilated, forming an oblong, obtuse, 0.3 cm long mentum. Petals obliquely linear-ligulate, obtuse, glabrous, somewhat shorter than the sepals. Lip 0.6 cm long, above the oblong, obtuse claw expanded into a suborbicular blade, in front with an oblong obtuse swelling, blade 0.28 cm wide, with 2 obtuse keels from the middle of the blade decurrent on the claw, the keels hairy on the claw, inside at the base of the claw with a small callus. Column short, often without rostellum, column-foot slender, rostellum strongly emarginate. Anther subquadrate-cucullate, in front emarginate; pollinia 6, obliquely clavate, in two triples, each triple shortly attached to two stipe, viscidia two, separate, narrowly elliptic, acute, large. Ovary cylindrical subsessile, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Chilopogon bracteatum Schltr.)

Colours: Flower white, anther red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest. Altitude 600-1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April, May, July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 57-24M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm-intermediate growing epiphyte.