Pseudoliparis gregorii

Pseudoliparis gregorii Marg. & Szlach., Ann. Bot. Fenn. 37 (2000) 279

Type: BW (Koster) 4379 (holo L)

Terrestrial. Pseudobulbs c. 6.8 cm long, 0.4-0.7 cm diam., cylindrical to fusiform, ascending, c. 6-leaved. Leaves petiolate; leaf blade 9.2-13.3 by 3.2-4.9 cm, ovate to oblong-ovate, acuminate; petiole 1.8-3.3 cm long, channelled, widening towards the sheathing base. Inflorescence c. 34.5 cm long, erect; rachis c. 17.2 cm long, with 100-150 flowers or more. Floral bracts to 1 cm long, broadest at the base, linear to oblong-triangular, acuminate. Flowers rather small, not resupinate. Median sepal 0.32-0.35 by 0.15-0.2 cm, oblong-ovate, slightly plicate, acuminate at apex, 3-nerved. Petals 0.32-0.34 by 0.08-0.09 cm, oblong-lanceolate, slightly falcate, long acuminate at apex, 1-nerved. Lateral sepals 0.28-0.31 by 0.18-0.22 cm, oblong-ovate, acuminate at apex, 3-nerved. Lip 0.33-0.36 by 0.3-0.34 cm, blade roughly orbicular in outline; lateral lobes semiorbicular, long-auriculate; auricles 0.12-0.15 cm long, up to 0.15 cm wide at base, triangular to falcate, plicate, shortly apiculate to rounded at apex; central part of lip flat; mid-lobe semiorbicular, with a shallow pit, irregularly plicate, rounded at apex. Column to 0.2-0.22 cm long, broad across the arms [‘staminodium’], with a falcate process. Pedicel and ovary to 1 cm long, slender. (After Margonska & Szlachetko, 2000)

Colours: Leaves mid-green. Flowers yellow.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lowland forest; 40 m.

Flowering time in the wild: August.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 587-26M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm 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.