Taeniophyllum album

Taeniophyllum album Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1016

Type: Schlechter 19837 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, small, leafless; roots flattened, slightly flexuose, to 10 cm long, 0.13-0.15 cm wide. Inflorescence very densely 4-8-flowered, distichous, including the hair-like peduncle c. 3 cm long. Flowers very small, opening in succession, glabrous. Sepals elliptic obtuse, 0.15 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals similar to the sepals and about as long, subobtuse. Lip suborbicular, with a short, thickened, obtuse tip, as long as the petals, near the middle 0.14 cm wide; spur oblongoid, almost straight, obtuse, a little shorter than the lip-blade. Column very short, rather thick; rostellum short; anther reniform-triangular, cucullate, obtusely apiculate; pollinia obliquely ellipsoids; stipe almost 4 times longer than the pollinia, gradually somewhat dilated towards the apex; viscidium lanceolate, turned backwards. Ovary glabrous, subsessile, c. 0.15 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 900 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-4M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.