Taeniophyllum kenejianum

Taeniophyllum kenejianum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1010

Type: Schlechter 18379 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, leafless, small; roots flattened, to 10 cm long, 0.2-0.25 cm wide. Inflorescences very slender-pedunculate, gradually elongated many- or several-flowered, to 4.5 cm long. Floral bracts minute, deltoid, 2-ranked. Flowers minute, glabrous, opening in succession. Sepals and petals connate to above the middle, c. 0.3 cm long, the free tips elliptic obtuse, outside in the middle slightly verruculose-swollen. Lip oblong, concave, apex subacute, somewhat incurved, as long as the petals, in front mouth of the spur with a transverse bifid membrane; spur globose, at the apex with a very small obtuse hump, almost three times shorter than the lip. Column very short; rostellum short; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe slender, towards the apex gradually somewhat dilated, almost 3 times as long as the pollinia; viscidium minute. Ovary cylindrical, subsessile, c. 0.15 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers light yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 150 m.

Flowering time in the wild: October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-106M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.