Erythrodes papuana

Erythrodes papuana Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 87

Type: Schlechter 13994; 14335 (B, lost)

Roots rather thick, villose. Stems erect, in basal third 4-7-leaved. Leaves petiolate; petiole 2.2-2.7 cm long, at the base much widened into a sheath; blade erect-patent, obliquely ovate-lanceolate, 4-7 by 1.3-2.5 cm, apex acuminate. Inflorescence racemose, glandulose-pubescent, rather laxely several-flowered. Floral bracts lanceolate, about as long as or a little shorter than the ovary, apex acuminate, outside minutely glandular-pubescent. Pedicel and ovary 0.9 cm long, cylindric, minutely glandular-pubescent. Flowers resupinated, c. 1.2 cm across, sepals outside minutely glandular-pubescent. Dorsal sepal lanceolate-ligulate, 0.7 cm long, apex narrowly obtuse. Lateral sepals patent, obliquely lanceolate-ligulate, 0.7 cm long, apex narrowly obtuse. Petals erect, cohering with the dorsal sepal, obliquely linear-subspatulate, 0.6 cm long, apex narrowly obtuse. Lip ovate, ligulate, 0.6 cm long, spurred, concave, slightly constricted below the apex, apex obtuse, curved downwards; spur broad, apex subtruncate, bilobed. Column semiterete, almost winged along the sides; rostellum erect, long, bifid. Anther at the base deeply incised, apex rostrate-acuminate. Pollinia clavate; viscidium oblanceolate, small. (After Schlechter, 1905).

Colours: Flower brownish.

Habitat: On rocks between moss in lower montane forest. Altitude 700-1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, April.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 287-24M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, keep in shade.