Pomatocalpa marsupiale

Pomatocalpa marsupiale (Kraenzl.) J.J.Sm., Natuurk. Tijdschr. Ned.-Indiƫ 72 (1912) 105

Basionym: Cleisostoma marsupiale

Plant stout, with well-developed stem. Leaves strap-shaped, 25-30 by 2.5 cm, slightly falcate, at the apex unequally bilobulate, obtuse. Inflorescence nodding, branched, distinctly longer than the leaves, at the base covered with peduncle-scales; rachis becoming thicker after anthesis, with each pedicel almost immersed in a cavity of the rachis. Floral bracts hardly developed. Flower 0.4 cm diam. Sepals and petals ligulate, obtuse, slightly falcate (except the median sepal). Lip 3-lobed; lateral lobes almost square, with the upper margin almost bilobulate, contracted into a subacute angle (slightly smaller than a straight angle); mid-lobe ovate-acute, at the back with two narrow calli that do not merge at the apex; spur outside scrotiformi, inside at the back with a well-developed lamella that forms a small pocket, the margins of this pocket are dentate above the middle and there provided with a hyaline, very lightly mobile scale. Column very short. Anther flat, pollinia with long stipe. Fruit to 6 cm long, carrying the peristent flower, opening with a single slit. (After Kraenzlin, 1889)

Colours: Flower yellow with red dots.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 10 to 700 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, February, May, June, September, October, December.

Distribution: Malesia (Sulawesi, Moluccas, New Guinea, Salawati, Kei Islands), Australia, Solomon Islands.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 574-37M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.