Taeniophyllum cylindrocentrum

Taeniophyllum cylindrocentrum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1019

Type: Schlechter 17873 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, leafless, very slender; roots slightly flattened, flexuose, 0.13 cm long, to 25 cm long. Inflorescence densely several- to many-flowered, distichous; including the hair-like peduncle to 6 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, apiculate, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers opening in succession, glabrous. Sepals oblong-ligulate, obtuse, 0.3 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals similar to the sepals but somewhat shorter, oblique. Lip very broadly ovate, as long as the petals, towards the apex narrowed and with swollen margins, subobtuse, in the middle with a cuneate pit; spur cylindrical, obtuse, as long as the lip. Column very short, thick; rostellum hammer-shaped. Anther ovate-cucullate, long rostrate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe very slender, widened towards the apex; viscidium linear-lanceolate, large. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower whitish yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-54M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.