Taeniophyllum foliatum

Taeniophyllum foliatum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1015

Type: Schlechter 19811 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, minute, leaf-bearing; roots flattened, flexuose, to 3 cm long, about 0.1 cm wide. Leaves usually 2-3, erect, lanceolate-ligulate, acuminate, narrowed at the base, 0.3-0.5 cm long, near the middle 0.1-0.15 cm wide. Inflorescence erect, laxly few-flowered, including the hair-like peduncle 0.5-1.3 cm long. Floral bracts minute, shorter than the ovary. Flowers minute, glabrous. Sepals oblong, subobtuse, about 0.1 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals at the base narrower, obliquely ovate-lanceolate, subobtuse, almost as long as the sepals. Lip suborbicular, obtuse, with incurved apical margins, as long as the petals; spur globose, about as long as the lip-blade. Column very short, thick; rostellum short. Anther subreniform-cucullate, broadly obtuse; pollinia obliquely ellipsoid; stipe a little longer than the pollinia, at the base slender, broadly rhombic; viscidium elliptic, half as long as the pollinia. Ovary subsessile glabrous, c. 0.08 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers red-brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-80M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.