Geodorum densiflorum

Geodorum densiflorum (Lam.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 4 (1919) 259

Basionym: Limodorum densiflorum

A terrestrial herb. Stems up to 8 cm long, later swelling at the base to form a fleshy, ovoid pseudobulb. Leaves 2-3, from apical part of the stem, ovate-lanceolate, plicate, with the uppermost the largest, up to 30 by 7 cm, with 5 or 7 principal veins; petiole up to 8 cm long. Inflorescence separate from the leaf-bearing pseudostem, with the peduncle up to 30 cm tall, rather fleshy. Rachis nodding when the flowers reach maturity, 3-5 cm long, bearing a succession of many flowers, after fertilization the peduncle straightens and both the peduncle and rachis extend to as much as twice their former length. Median sepal ovate, 1.4 by 0.3-0.4 cm. Lateral sepals ovate, 1.4 by 0.3-0.4 cm. Petals ovate, 1.4 by 0.3 cm. Lip oblong to obscurely 3-lobed, 1.4-1.5 by 0.7-0.8 cm, the lateral lobes erect, obliquely triangular, the mid-lobe broadly triangular, the disc with an obscure low broad keel. Column 0.5 cm long, column-foot 0.3 cm long. (After Lewis and Cribb, 1991).

Colours: Flowers pink with purple markings on the lip.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lowland grassland. Altitude 0-250 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, April, May, June, October, December.

Distribution: Malesia (Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, New Guinea, The Philippines), Cambodia, Vietnam, SE Asia, Australia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Niue.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 319-8M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing terrestrial, keep in light position.