Bogoria papuana

Bogoria papuana Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 964

Type: Schlechter 17937 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, small, stemless; roots flattened, flexuose, glabrous; leaves 2-4, erect-patent, obliquely ligulate, unequally and obtusely bilobulate, somewhat narrowed towards the base, 2.5-8.5 cm long, near the middle 0.6-1.3 cm wide; Inflorescence slender, 6-14 cm long, laxly 5-15-flowered, rachis somewhat thickened, peduncle filiform, straight, with a few peduncle-scales, as long as the leaves; bracts minute, deltoid, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers developing gradually over time, very small, glabrous. Sepals patent, obovate-spathulate, broadly obtuse, 0.33 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely spathulate-ligulate, obtuse, about as long as the sepals. Lip at the base broadly saccate, in outline broadly semiorbicular, in front 3-lobed, 0.3 cm long, when flattened 0.5 cm wide in front, lateral lobes erect falcate-triangular, acute, mid-lobe broadly obtuse, almost semiorbicular, shorter than the lateral lobes, in front thickened and surrounded with a narrow fold. Column short, glabrous, column-foot broad. Ovary slender, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower light yellow, lip white with red apical margin.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 85-2M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.