Peristylus cymbochilus

Peristylus cymbochilus Renz, Davis & Hedge Festschrift (ed. Kit Tan) (1989) 185, fig. 1

Type: Renz 12241 (holo Herb. Renz, Basel)

Plant slender, with a sometimes flexuous, creeping stem, bearing 4-6 evenly spaced leaves and in the upper part a few appressed, acuminate sheaths. Leaves sessile, to 6 by 2 cm, amplexicaul, ovate-lanceolate, acute, minutely denticulate-ciliate. Inflorescence narrowly cylindrical, lax, many-flowered, to 15 cm long. Floral bracts lanceolate, equalling ovary. Ovary shortly rostrate, 0.8-1.1 cm long. Flowers minute. Median sepal broadly elliptic, slightly concave, to 0.25 cm long. Lateral sepals obliquely oblong, slightly longer and narrower than the median sepal. Petals obliquely ovate. Lip shallowly boat-shaped, entire, when flattened almost square, 3-nerved, with small marginal thickenings near the base on each side, c. 0.2 cm long and wide. Spur short and straight, 0.1 cm long, cylindrical. Column c. 1 mm high. (After Renz, 1989)

Colours: Flowers greenish to brownish-green.

Habitat: Terrestrial in montane forest; 2600 to 2800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 542-35M.JPG.

Cultivation: Cool growing terrestrial.