Hymenorchis nannodes

Hymenorchis nannodes Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 996

Type: Schlechter 19793 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, very small, 1.5 cm high; roots filiform, glabrous; stem short, 0.5 cm long, 0.15 cm diameter, densely leafy, covered by the rugulose leaf-sheaths with fimbriate-lacerate margins; leaves elliptic, apiculate, margin serrulate, carnose, 0.5-0.7 cm long, near the middle 0.25-0.45 cm wide; Inflorescence short, subumbelliform, few-flowered, more than twice as long as the leaves, peduncle very short; bracts elliptic, acuminate, margins dentate. Flowers glabrous. Sepals obovate, broadly obtuse with a minute apiculum, in upper half with dentate-serrate margins, keeled, 0.6 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, somewhat wider than the median sepal. Petals obliquely obovate, serrate, quite similar to the sepals. Lip suborbicular, obtuse, in front weakly 3-lobed, 0.2 cm long and wide, spur oblongoid, obtuse, dorsally keeled, 0.3 cm long. Column short, glabrous, rostellum suberect, bipartite. Anther oblongoid-cucullate, narrowly obtusely acuminate; pollinia globose, stipe dilated towards the base, viscidium oblong, large. Ovary sharply 6-ribbed, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower yellowish white, blade of lip green.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 375-6M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.