Goodyera stenopetala

Goodyera stenopetala Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 51

Type: Schlechter 20275 (holo B, lost)

Terrestrial, erect, small, about 12 cm high. Stem terete, leafy in basal third only, above the middle with scale-leaves, glabrous, towards the inflorescence puberulous. Leaves about three, 2-2.5 cm long, below the middle 1-1.5 cm wide, erect-patent or patent, petiolate, blade obliquely ovate, acute, base rounded, glabrous; petiole dilated at the base, sheathing, 0.7-0.9 cm long. Inflorescence densely ca. 7-flowered, erect. Bracts ovate, lanceolate, acute, shorter than the flowers. Flowers very small, erect-patent. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, subacute, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, mid-vein on outside somewhat thickened towards the apex. Petals subfalcate, linear, narrowly obtuse, gradually slightly narrowed to the apex, glabrous, as long as the sepals. Lip ovate-oblong, at the base concave-subcucullate, inside with sparse falcate appendages, 0.3 cm long, apex minutely 3-lobulate, lateral lobules rounded, short, median lobule triangular, resembling an apicule. Column shorter. Rostellum large, bifid. Anther ovate-cucullate, long-acuminate, base cordate. Ovary cylindrical, with sparse backwards-pointing hairs, 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914).

Colours: Leaves velvety deep green with a net of fine pink veins. Flower colour not recorded.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lower montane forest. Altitude 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: New Guinea, Solomon Islands.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 332-144M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires humus-rich compost, keep in shade.