Pseudoliparis curviauriculata

Pseudoliparis curviauriculata Szlach. & Marg., Adansonia 21 (1999) 279

Type: van Royen & Sleumer 6916 (holo L), from Indonesia, Papua, Aifat River Valley

Terrestrial. Pseudobulbs 2.2-2.7 cm long, 0.25-0.3 cm diam., fusiform, erect, 2- to 5-leaved. Leaves petiolate; blade 2.57 by 1-3.7 cm, broadly ovate to ovate-subcordate, apiculate; petiole 0.8-1.5 cm long, channelled, widening towards the base into the sheath. Inflorescence to 22 cm long, erect; rachis 7.7-8.2 cm long, c. 60-flowered. Floral bracts 4-8 mm long, linear-lanceolate to linear-triangular, acute to acuminate. Flowers small, not resupinate. Median sepal 0.6 by 0.2-0.22 cm, ovate to lanceolate-ovate, subobtuse, 3-nerved. Petals 0.5 cm long, up to 0.1 cm wide, narrowly oblanceolate, falcate, acute, 1-nerved. Lateral sepals 0.4 by 0.23-0.25 cm, obliquely ovate, obtuse, 3-nerved. Lip to 0.5 by 0.3-0.33 cm, with two knob-like appendages near its apex, semi-elliptic, subacute to shortly apiculate, without pit; auricles 0.25 cm long, 0.09-0.12 cm wide, falcate, oblong-lanceolate, subacute, crossing each other at the apices. Column dorsally with a large horn-like structure. Pedicel and ovary 0.1-0.11 cm long, slender. (After Szlachetko & Margonska, 1999)

Colours: Leaves yellowish-green. Flowers dull yellow.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lower montane forest dominated by Castanopsis; 800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 587-5M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm to 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.