Appendicula lamprophylla

Appendicula lamprophylla Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 340

Type: Schlechter 20183 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, robust, erect or patent, up to 60 cm high; rhizome very short, roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems unbranched, thinly terete, glabrous, straight or almost straight, entirely covered by the closely appressed leaf-sheaths, 0.6 cm diameter; leaves subpatent, oblong, obtuse, apex shallowly notched with an apiculum in the middle, shiny, 3.5-5.5 cm long, near the middle 1.9-2.3 cm wide. Inflorescences lateral, somewhat patent, short, densely 10-15-flowered, up to 2 cm long; bracts reflexed, oblong, apiculate, half or less than half as long as the ovary. Flowers glabrous. Sepals ovate, obtuse, 0.3 cm long. Lateral sepals strongly oblique, at the base along the front margin lobed-dilated, mentum conical, subacute, 0.25 cm long. Lip in outline subpandurate, dilated towards the apex, obtuse, with a minute apical swelling, 0.5 cm long, above the middle 0.28 cm wide, in basal third concave, margins adnate to the column-foot, above the base with a low, triangular-forked lamella, below the middle decurrent on the margins. Column short, rostellum triangular, medium-sized, on either side with a small tooth, in front of the stigma with a low, somewhat notched lamella. Anther broadly reniform-cordate, acute, glabrous; pollinia 6, obliquely clavate, unequal-sized, stipe forked, short, viscidium minute, rounded. Ovary subsessile, slender, glabrous, 0.35 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower greenish "with white sepals and petals" (probably white petals and lip intended).

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest in shaded positions. Altitude 175-800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 57-101M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte, keep in shade.