Taeniophyllum brunnescens

Taeniophyllum brunnescens Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1033

Type: Schlechter 18922 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte without leaves. Roots flexuose, flattened, up to 15 cm long, 0.15-0.2 cm wide. Inflorescence densely 2- to 4-flowered, peduncle very slender, densely muricate-hispid, up to 6 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, apiculate, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers glabrous, except for the ovary . Sepals and petals patent, oblong-ligulate, obtuse, 0.5 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals somewhat shorter. Lip in outline very broadly ovate, subobtuse, swollen in front, below the apex along the margins on either side with a tooth-like, triangular lobe, as long as the sepals, below the middle 0.35 cm wide; spur cylindrical, straight, above the middle somewhat widened, 0.9 cm long, mouth above the base of the lip, pit-like. Column very short; rostellum large, resembling a proboscis. Anther square, apiculate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe 3 times as long, at the base thin, apex widened; viscidium oblong, rather small. Ovary cylindrical, densely muriculate-papillose, 0.3 cm long, (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower yellowish brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-26M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.