Taeniophyllum dischorense

Taeniophyllum dischorense Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1020

Type: Schlechter 19835 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte without leaves, very small. Roots somewhat flattened, flexuose, 0.1-0.15 cm wide, up to 30 cm long. Inflorescence densely 5-12-flowered, distichous, distichous, including the filiform peduncle up to 3.5 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers rather small, opening in succession, glabrous. Sepals obliquely ligulate-oblong, obtuse, keeled outside, 0.25 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals similar to the sepals but somewhat shorter, oblique. Lip broadly rhombic, as long as the petals, in the middle 0.23 cm wide, obtuse, in the middle near the base with a cuneate concavity; spur decurved, subglobose, above with two pits, less than half the length of the lip. Column very short, thick; rostellum hammer-shaped. Anther at the base subreniform-cucullate, long rostrate; pollinia obliquely ellipsoid; stipe thin and slender, at the apex widened; viscidium narrowly oblong, rather large. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, 0.28 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower light yellow.

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: 676-60M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.