Goodyera werneri

Goodyera werneri Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17 (1921) 367

Type: Werner 79 (holo B, lost)

Terrestrial, ascending, 12-14 cm high. Rhizome stem-like, creeping. Roots rather thick, flexuose, finely villose. Stem at the base ascending, erect, terete, glabrous, up to 12 cm long, 0.3 cm diam., 5-6-leaved. Leaves erect-patent, petiolate, glabrous, blade oblong to oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, at the base rounded, oblique, 3.5-5.5 cm long, below the middle 1.7-2 cm wide; petiole at the base dilated, sheathing, 1.7-2.2 cm long. Inflorescence erect, peduncle short, with a few scales, sparsely and shortly glandulose-puberulous, to 1.5 cm long, densely many-flowered, flowering part ovoid to oblongoid, rachis glandulose-puberulous, 1.5-2.5 cm long. Floral bracts erect-patent, slightly surpassing the flowers. Flowers glabrous. Sepals ovate, obtuse, 3-nerved. Median sepal 0.3 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, 0.35 cm long. Petals at the base clawed-ligulate, obliquely rhombic-ovate, obtuse, margins subcrenulate, as long as the median sepal and cohering to it along the interior. Lip in outline ovate, 0.2 cm long, cucullate-concave, obtusely apiculate, inside in basal half densely covered with subulate appendages. Column glabrous, rostellum rather long, notched to the middle. Ovary fusiform, cylindrical, twisted, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1921).

Colours: Leaves apparently brown with paler mid-vein. Flower white.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lower montane forest. Altitude 1600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 332-161M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, keep in shade.