Pseuderia frutex

Pseuderia frutex (Schltr.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 645

Basionym: Dendrobium frutex

Terrestrial, several-stemmed. Stems erect, unbranched or branching, to 100 cm long, laxly leafy, terete, somewhat rigid, covered by the leaf-sheaths. Leaves narrowly lanceolate, 10-16 by 1.7-2.8 cm, chartaceous, patent or erect-patent, apex acuminate. Inflorescences lateral, racemose, patent, 3 or 4 times shorter than the leaves; peduncle very short, covered with peduncle-scales; laxly 3-5-flowered. Floral bracts ovate-lanceolate, glabrous, up to half as long as the ovary, apex acuminate. Flowers erect-patent. Median sepal oblong, 1.3 cm long, apex subobtuse, indistinctly apiculate. Lateral sepals falcate, oblong, broader and shorter than the median sepal, apex subobtuse, indistinctly apiculate. Petals sublinear, falcate, shorter than the median sepal, apex subobtuse. Lip elliptic-subrhombic, 0.9 by 0.5 cm, sparsely and minutely puberulous in apical half, in the middle with two keels that merge near the base; margins in apical half undulate, apex obtuse. Column short, foot well-developed; clinandrium with serrulate margins, in front as well as dorsally bidentate. Anther dorsally with an obtuse hump, glabrous, notched in front. Pedicel and ovary 1 cm long, cylindrical, glabrous. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Colours: Flower yellowish with fine brown dots.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lower montane forest; 700 to 1100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April, July, August.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 586-5M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.