Dryadorchis barbellata

Dryadorchis barbellata Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 976

Type: Schlechter 18550; 19052 (both B, lost)

Epiphyte, small, stemless; roots filiform, glabrous; leaves usually 3, subpatent, falcate-ligulate, narrowly obtuse or subacute, 4-12 cm long, near the middle 1-1.7 cm wide; Inflorescence racemose, densely several-flowered, about as long as the leaves, peduncle carnose, angular, rachis thickened, angular; bracts broadly deltoid, obtuse, clearly shorter than the ovary. Flowers appearing in succession. Sepals elliptic, obtuse, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely elliptic, obtuse, glabrous, about equal-sized to the sepals. Lip 3-lobed, cucullate-concave, lateral lobes erect, quadrate, obtuse, mid-lobe orbicular, broadly obtuse, in front barbellate-ciliate, as large as the lateral lobes, at the base with two divergent, horseshoe-shaped calli which are dorsally fused. Ovary subsessile, somewhat sunken in the rachis, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower white, inside violet-pink, lip with orange-yellow callus.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 258-1M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.