Appendicula reflexa

Appendicula reflexa Blume, Bijdr. (1825) 301

Type: Blume s.n. (Tjapus R.); (Pantjar) (syn L; iso P)

An epiphytic herb. Stems erect, up to 60 cm long, concealed by sheathing tubular bases of the leaves. Leaves distichous, 2-ranked, twisted at the base so as to lie in one plane, oblong-lanceolate, 3.5-5.5 by 0.8-1.5 cm, c. 1 cm apart, obtusely bilobed at apex. Inflorescences lateral, opposite the leaves, very short, c. 1 cm long, 2- to 4-flowered. Median sepal concave, narrowly elliptic, obtuse, 0.25 by 0.15 cm. Lateral sepals concave, broadly triangular, 0.3 by 0.2-0.25 cm, forming an obtuse mentum. Petals oblong-lanceolate, 0.2 by 0.1-0.15 cm. Lip simple, elliptic, obtuse, 0.3 by 0.2 cm, reflexed at apex, the basal appendage globose, 0.1 by 0.1 cm, with a large transversely elliptic callus in the centre. Column 0.2 cm long. (After Lewis and Cribb, 1991).

Colours: Flowers white, turning yellowish with age.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland and hill forest in shaded positions. Altitude 100-1100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July, October.

Distribution: Malesia (Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, New Guinea, The Philippines), Thailand, Vietnam, Nicobar Is., Taiwan, Solomon Is., Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 57-174M.JPG

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