Taeniophyllum filiforme

Taeniophyllum filiforme J.J.Sm., Bull. Inst. Bot. Buitenzorg 7 (1900) 4

Type: J.J. Smith s.n. (Celebes, Bone near Gorontalo) (holo BO)

Roots very long. Peduncle 5.5 cm long, filiform; rachis short. Floral bracts distichous, broadly triangular. Pedicel with ovary 0.35 cm long, 6-grooved. Flowers not resupinate, rather fleshy, not opening widely. Sepals 0.5 by 0.15 cm, linear-lanceolate, concave, warty outside. Petals similar to the sepals, slightly shorter. Lip 0.4 cm long excluding spur, indistinctly 3-lobed; lateral lobes erect, rounded; mid-lobe very fleshy, concave at base, apical part conical, slightly laterally flattened, obtuse; spur 0.3 cm long, 0.15 cm diam., straight, swollen in the middle, obtuse. Column very short; anther-beak, stipe and viscidium all very long. (After Smith 1903)

Colours: Flower pale ochre-yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte on tree trunks in lowland forest; 40 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Lesser Sunda Islands, New Guinea), Thailand, Andaman is., Thailand.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 676-77M.JPG.