Pseuderia similis

Pseuderia similis (Schltr.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 644

Basionym: Dendrobium simile

Terrestrial. Rhizome short; roots filiform, elongated, glabrous. Stems erect, unbranched or with a few branches, to 60 tall, 0.3 cm diam., laxly leafy, terete, tightly covered by the leaf-sheaths. Leaves narrowly lanceolate, 7-12 cm long, below the middle 1.2-1.8 cm wide, subcoriaceous, patent or erect-patent, apex acuminate. Inflorescences racemose, much shorter than the leaves; peduncle very short, rather thick, covered with peduncle-scales, 3-4-flowered. Floral bracts oblong, with obtuse apex, up to half as long as the ovary. Median sepal ligulate, linear-oblong, 1.2 cm long, apex subobtuse, glabrous. Lateral sepals falcate, obliquely ligulate, linear-oblong, 1 cm long, apex subobtuse, glabrous. Petals linear-oblong, falcate, 1 cm long, a little narrower than the sepals, apex subobtuse; glabrous. Lip elliptic-subrhombic, 1 cm long, minutely puberulous all over, with two swollen keels from the base to the middle, these merging in front; apex obtuse. Column slender, foot short; clinandrium with minutely serrulate margins, without distinct teeth. Anther cordate, dorsally with an obtuse keel. Pedicel and ovary 1-1.2 cm long, cylindrical, slender, glabrous. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Colours: Flower white, sepals with red dots.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lower montane forest; 75 to 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February, April.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea), Solomon Islands.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 586-14M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.