Pristiglottis fimbriata

Pristiglottis fimbriata (J.J.Sm.) Cretz. & J.J.Sm., Acta Fauna Fl. Universali, ser. 2, Bot., 1, 14 (1934) 4

Basionym: Cystopus fimbriatus

Stem creeping at the base, ascending, 10-20 cm long, c. 6-leaved. Leaves petiolate, ovate-lanceolate-acuminate, 3.4-6.3 by 0.95-2 cm, at base with 5-7 nerves, with very few cross-veins, apex sharply acute; petiole including the tubular sheath 0.7-1.5 cm long. Inflorescence as long as the leaves, c. 5-flowered. Floral bracts appressed, lanceolate-triangular, fimbriate, shorter than the ovary. Sepals and petals parallel, with the tips somewhat spreading. Median sepal lanceolate-linear, slightly dilated at base, 1.5 by 0.3 cm, concave, apex subacute. Lateral sepals enveloping the saccate base of the lip, obliquely linear-lanceolate, narrowed towards the apex, subacute, outside with prominent mid-rib, 1.8 cm long, 0.3 cm wide, at the base 0.85 cm wide, almost entirely glabrous, only near the base very sparsely pilose. Petals linear, obtuse, 1.35 by 0.18 cm. Lip elongated, narrow, saccate at base; sac pointing backwards, oblongoid, 0.27 cm long, obtuse, inside with two terete lateral glands; blade with a long claw; claw at base concave, narrowed towards the apex, 0.8 cm long, at the base when flattened to 0.3 cm wide, on either side with many short projections; terminal blade not strongly dilated, rhombic, 0.5 cm long, when flattened 0.23 cm wide, with fleshy subulate tip. Column to the apex of the rostellum 0.9 cm long, in front with a downwards-pointing, short, double lamella with porrect rounded apices. Anther at the base ovate, emarginate, with a very long beak, 0.77 cm long. Rostellum elongated, thin, bifid. Stigma entire, with raised basal margins.(After Smith, 1907)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lower montane forest; 900 to 1500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, March, May, August, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 583-6M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.