Taeniophyllum conoceras

Taeniophyllum conoceras Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1018

Type: Schlechter 16318 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, leafless, small; roots flattened, flexuose, to 25 cm long, 0.15-0.2 cm wide. Inflorescence densely few-flowered, including the hair-like peduncle to 3.5 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, minute, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers very small, opening in succession, glabrous. Sepals and petals elliptic, acute, 0.5 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Lip cucullate-concave, ovate, subobtusely acuminate, above the middle cuneiform-pitted, as long as the sepals, spur conical obtuse, straight, a third as long as the lip-blade. Column short; rostellum horn-shaped. Anther ovate-cucullate, rostrate; pollinia obliquely oblongoid; stipe twice as long as the pollinia, at the base slender, obovate; viscidium turned backwards, lanceolate, acute. Ovary subsessile, 0.4 cm long, glabrous. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers light yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 150 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-45M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.