Taeniophyllum jadunae

Taeniophyllum jadunae Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1023

Type: Schlechter 19278 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte without leaves, slender. Roots flattened, flexuose, 0.15-0.2 cm wide, up to 30 cm long. Inflorescence densely few- to several-flowered, distichous, including the filiform peduncle up to 6 cm long. Floral bracts minute, deltoid, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers glabrous, opening in succession. Sepals ligulate-oblong, obtuse, keeled, 0.55 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals similar to the sepals, but somewhat shorter. Lip broadly ovate-concave, as long as the petals, obtusely apiculate, in the middle near the base with a cavity, in the middle 0.4 cm wide; spur cylindrical, towards the apex subclavate, straight, 0.65 cm long. Column very short, rostellum hammer-shaped; anther at the base rounded-cucullate, long linear-rostrate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe thin and slender, widened towards the apex; viscidium turned backwards, linear, very large. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower yellow with whitish spur.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-101M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.