Cyrtosia javanica

Cyrtosia javanica Blume, Bijdr. (1825) 396; Tab. & Pl. Jav. Orchid. (1825) t. 6

Type: Blume 329 (Java, high mountains) (syn L; iso BO); s.n. (syn L); Waitz s.n. (July, Jati Kalangan) (syn L)

Leafless terrestrial, stems 10-15 cm long, mealy-papillose. Scales c. 5, triangular, acute, 0.35 cm long. Flower not resupinate, only slightly opening. Sepals broadly lanceolate to oblong, 1.4 by 0.75 cm, mealy-hairy outside. Petals lanceolate, 1.3 by 0.8 cm, obtuse. Lip entire, broadly transversely elliptic, strongly concave, 1 by 1.3 cm, with two thickenings at the base, margin short-hairy. Column winged. (After Comber, 2001).

Colours: Stems pinkish or yellowish. Flowers pale yellow.

Habitat: Terrestrial in montane forest.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Asia (trop.), Sri Lanka,.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea.

Cultivation: Terrestrial, probably parasitic on fungi and probably impossible to grow under normal conditions.