Epiblastus pteroglotta

Epiblastus pteroglotta Gilli, Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 84, B (1980 publ. 1983) 32, fig. 22

Type: Gilli 473 (holo W); para: Gilli 280, 547 (W)

Pseudobulb cylindrical, 0.6-1 cm thick. Leaf linear-lanceolate, 12-40 cm by 1-2.5 cm, glabrous, base conduplicate, coriaceous. Inflorescences 10-20, curved, 2-3 cm long. Floral bracts 0.2-0.3 cm long, triangular. Flowers glabrous, 1 cm long. Median sepal 0.7-0.8 cm long, ovate-lanceolate. Lateral sepals broadly ovate-lanceolate, almost 1 cm long, 0.5 cm wide; mentum obtuse, to 0.4 cm long. Petals lanceolate, about as long as the sepals. Lip 0.8 by 0.5 cm, at the base subquadrate, 3-lobed, lateral lobes suborbicular, curved inwards, mid-lobe ligulate and near the base with two crescent-shaped transverse thickenings. Column slightly more than half as long as the lip. Anther in front 3-lobed. Ovary glabrous, c. 2 cm long. (After Gilli, 1983).

Colours: Flowers pink.

Habitat: Probably epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2350-2950 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, February.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea.

Cultivation: Probably cool growing epiphyte.