Crepidium dresslerianum

Crepidium dresslerianum Marg. & Szlach., Adansonia 22 (2000) 265, fig. 1

Type: Kalkman 4344 (holo L)

Pseudobulbs 4.7 cm long, narrowly cylindrical to fusiform, ascending, c. 5-leaved. Leaves petiolate; blade 2.2-7.7 by 1-2.3 cm, elliptic to oblong elliptic, plicate, acuminate; petiole 1-1.7 cm long, channelled, widening and sheathing towards the base. Inflorescence 33.5 cm long, erect; rachis 22.5 cm long, c. 50-flowered. Floral bracts to 0.8 cm long, widest at the base, linear to narrowly triangular, acuminate. Flowers relatively large for the genus, not resupinate. Median sepal 0.7 by 0.17-0.18 cm, oblong-ovate, shortly apiculate at apex, 3-nerved. Petals 0.6-0.63 by c. 0.1 cm, very narrowly obovate, obliquely truncate at apex, 1-nerved. Lateral sepals 0.5 by 0.18-0.2 cm, oblong-obovate, falcate, shortly apiculate at apex, 3-nerved. Lip to c. 0.8 by 0.5 cm, blade about ovate in outline; lateral lobes with 14 teeth along apical margins, with the internal tooth the longest, up to 1 mm long, 0.3-0.4 mm wide at the base, falcate, acute, external teeth widest and shortest, up to 0.5 mm long, 0.7-0.8 mm wide at the base, triangular and shortly apiculate at apex; mid-lobe to 0.13 cm long, c. 0.1 cm wide at the base, falcate, plicate, acute at apex, long-auriculate; auricles 0.4 cm long, to 0.18 cm wide at base, oblong-semiovate, acute, central pit deep, surrounded by a slightly plicate, thin rim, 0.24-0.42 cm long, 0.2-0.35 cm wide, central nerves slightly thickened basally. Column 0.17-0.18 cm long. Pedicel and ovary up to 1.2 cm long, slender. (After Margonska & Szlachetko, 2000)

Colours: Leaves light green. Flowers yellow-brown with greenish centre.

Habitat: Epiphyte on base of trees in secondary montane forest; 1450 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 185-245M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte, keep in shaded position.

Notes: We consider this to be a species of Malaxis, but to the best of our knowledge there is no name available under this genus.