Taeniophyllum cucullatum

Taeniophyllum cucullatum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1013

Type: Schlechter 16627 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, leafless, small; roots strongly flattened, slightly flexuose, c. 10 cm long, 0.2-0.25 cm wide. Inflorescence laxly 4-7-flowered; including the hair-like peduncle to 2 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, apiculate. Flowers very small, glabrous. Sepals narrowly oblong, obtuse, not keeled, 0.25 cm long. Lateral sepals subfalcate-oblique. Petals obliquely lanceolate-oblong, obtuse, almost as long as the sepals. Lip at the base semiglobose-cucullate, narrowed towards the apex, subobtuse, as long as the petals. Column very short; rostellum short; pollinia obliquely obovoid. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, c. 0.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers whitish.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 350 m.

Flowering time in the wild: October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-51M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.