Pseuderia floribunda

Pseuderia floribunda Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 646

Type: Schlechter 17830 (holo B, lost; iso AMES, BO, E, G, K, L, MO, NSW)

Terrestrial, climbing, branched, to 3 m high or more; flowering branches leafy, entirely covered with the tightly clasping leaf-sheaths, 0.3-0.4 cm diam. Leaves erect-patent, elliptic, acuminate, oblique, 7-10 cm long, near the middle 2-3 cm wide, at the base cuneate. Inflorescences lateral, short, rather densely 3-5-flowered, at the base soon becoming woody. Floral bracts elliptic, subobtuse, glabrous, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals ligulate, apiculate, glabrous. Median sepal 1.6 cm long. Lateral sepal falcate, distinctly shorter. Petals linear-ligulate, obtuse, falcate, c. 1 cm long. Lip curved, broadly elliptic, obtuse, densely puberulous above, 0.8 cm long, near the middle 0.45 cm wide; basal keels 2, merging in front, decurrent above the middle. Column curved, slender, 0.8 cm long, glabrous; clinandrium dorsally slightly dentate. Anther ovate-cordate, umbo high, obtuse, keeled, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, slender, c. 1.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Plant becoming black when dried. Flowers light yellow with red dots.

Habitat: Terrestrial climber in moist spots in lowland forest; 100 to 600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 586-3M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.