Appendicula flaccida

Appendicula flaccida (Schltr.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 351

Basionym: Podochilus flaccidus

Roots filiform, minutely villose. Stems patent, slender, terete, 25-40 cm long, many-leaved. Leaves erect-patent, elliptic, 1.3-2.2 by 0.4-0.7 cm, thin-textured, apex narrowly obtuse, with a bristle-like mucro. Inflorescence terminal, racemose, patent, peduncle short, laxely several-flowered. Floral bracts recurved, oblong, much shorter than the ovary, apex acuminate. Flowers c. 0.6 cm long. Dorsal sepal ovate, 0.3 cm long, concave, apex acute. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate, 0.3 cm long, apex acute; mentum conical, obtuse. Petals obliquely oblong, 0.25 cm long, slight broader than the dorsal sepal, apex obtuse. Lip in outline cuneate, 0.4 by 0.25 cm, above the base with a cuneate callus of which the margins are decurrent on the apical half of the blade, apex abruptly short-acuminate. Column short, rostellum erect, narrowly lanceolate-triangular, at apex shortly emarginate; column-foot long. Anther obovate, apex acuminate. Pollinia 8, attached to a single, minute viscidium without caudicles. Fruit subcylindric, shortly pedicellate, 1 by 0.2 cm. (After Schlechter, 1905, as Podochilus flaccidus Schltr.).

Colours: Sepals and petals yellowish, lip white, near apex with two red spots.

Habitat: Epiphyte in hill and lower montane forest. Altitude 600-900 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April, July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 57-70M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm-intermediate growing epiphyte, keep in shade.