Pedilochilus psychrophilum

Pedilochilus psychrophilum (F.Muell.) Ormerod, Oasis 2, 1 (2001) 5 ('Pediochilus')

Basionym: Dendrobium psychrophilum

Very small, tufted. Roots many, thin-filiform, flexuose. Pseudobulbs mostly truncate-ovate, 0.8-1.7 cm long, much wrinkled when dried. Leaves very small, linear-lanceolate, 1.9 cm long, somewhat channelled. Inflorescence solitary from the base of the pseudobulb, filiform, 3.8-6.3 cm long, at the base and at the middle with a cylindrical membranous peduncle-scale. Floral bract membranous, almost lanceolate, 0.6 cm long. Pedicel and ovary short. Sepals membranous, broadly lanceolate, 1.3 cm long, somewhat acuminate, the median sepal rather shorter; the lateral sepals slightly protruding at the base in front. Petals hardly more than 1/3 the length of the sepals, translucent, membranous, ovate-lanceolate, at the base obtuse. Lip almost equalling the sepals in length, to near the apex thin-membranous, ovate, but longitudinally concave, ending in a short, somewhat fleshy, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, smooth lobe. Column very short. Anther towards the apex gradually narrowed. (After von Mueller, 1889)

Colours: Not recorded.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea.