Taeniophyllum hygrophilum

Taeniophyllum hygrophilum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1011

Type: Schlechter 20301 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, very small, leafless; roots flattened, 2.5-5 cm long, c. 0.15 cm wide. Inflorescence erect, few-flowered, 0.5-1 cm long, slender pedunculate; peduncle and rachis very minutely papillose-puberulous. Floral bracts minute, deltoid, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers minute, glabrous. Sepals and petals connate to near the middle, c. 0.1 cm long. Sepals with oblong free part, subobtuse. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals with obliquely ovate free part, subobtuse. Lip broadly elliptic, shortly and subobtusely acuminate, about as long as the sepals; spur oblongoid, at the apex with a minute suborbicular hump, slightly longer than the lip. Column very short, apex bilobed; rostellum short. Ovary 6-ribbed, subsessile, c. 0.1 cm long, glabrous. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 900 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-95M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.