Epiblastus angustifolius

Epiblastus angustifolius Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 16 (1919) 215

Type: Keysser s.n. (X-1912, Saruwaged Mts., 2400-3000 m) (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, pendent, 35-40 cm long. Roots filiform, flexuose, slender, villose. Pseudobulbs cylindrical, 1-leaved, superposed, usually c. 5 cm long, 0.3-0.35 cm diam. Leaf linear-ligulate, rather obtuse, shortly and unequally bilobulate, 18-24 cm long, near the middle 0.9-1.2 cm wide. Inflorescences apical, fascicled, 1-flowered. Peduncles filiform, 2-3 cm long, glabrous. Floral bracts deltoid, acuminate, much shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Flower relatively thin-textured, glabrous. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, subacute, 0.65 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base towards margins front dilated; mentum short, triangular, obtuse, 0.25 cm long. Petals obliquely ligulate, rather obtuse, almost as long as the sepals. Lip curved, with an oblong-cuneate claw, at the base on either side shortly and obtusely rounded; blade quadrate-oblong apiculate, along the margins slightly undulate, below the middle with two indistinct semiorbicular thickenings next to each other, in total when flattened 0.65 cm long, in the middle and below the apex 0.3 cm wide. Column short, above the stigma dilated, 0.35 cm high. Column-foot decurved, 0.25 cm long, in the middle adnate to the claw of the lip. Ovary pedicellate, slender, cylindrical, glabrous, 1.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1919).

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2400-3000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 272-3M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.