Crepidium ochyranum

Crepidium ochyranum Szlach. & Marg., Adansonia 20 (1998) 346 ('ochyreanum')

Type: Brass 27056 (holo L)

Terrestrial. Pseudobulbs c. 4.5 cm long, narrowly cylindrical, erect, 3- to 4-leaved. Leaves petiolate; blade 5.3-8.6 by 2.6-3.8 cm, ovate to ovate-cordate, apiculate, slightly asymmetric; petiole 0.3-O.6 cm long, sheathing. Inflorescence 33 cm long, longitudinally winged; rachis 12 cm long, 6O- to 80-flowered. Floral bracts 0.35-1.02 cm long, narrowly triangular, acute. Flowers small, not resupinate. Median sepal 0.45 by 0.21 cm, oblong-obovate, obtuse, slightly convex at the apex, 3-nerved. Petals 0.4 by 0.1 cm, linear- or oblong-lanceolate, obscurely falcate or sigmoid, obtuse, 1-nerved. Lateral sepals 0.4 by 0.2 cm, oblique, oblong-obovate, obtuse, cochleate, indistinctly 3-nerved. Lip 0.4-0.5 by 0.35-0.4 cm, central pit surrounded by a prominent rim; lateral lobes oblong-ovate-falcate, obtuse, with a single tongue-like tooth at each side of the mid-lobe; mid-lobe 0.2-0.21 cm long, c. 0.1 cm wide, split in the apical half into two divergent, subacute, obliquely ovate lobules; basal auricles 0.1 cm long, obliquely ovate-triangular, obtuse. Column 0.12-0.13 cm long. Pedicel and ovary 0.45-0.65 cm long, slender, erect. (After Szlachetko & Margonska, 1998)

Colours: Flowers brownish-yellow.

Habitat: Terrestrial on mossy forest floor in lower montane forest; 900 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 185-238M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, 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.