Taeniophyllum kompsopus

Taeniophyllum kompsopus Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 220

Type: Schlechter 13812 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, very slender, stemless and leafless, to 3.5 cm high; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous, strongly flattened, c. 0.2 cm wide. Stem almost lacking. Leaves reduced to minute scales. Inflorescences several, erect, straight, slender; peduncle terete glabrous, slender, filiform, 2-2.5 cm long; rachis several-flowered, subdistichous, glabrous. Floral bracts minute, ovate, acute, glabrous, much shorter than the ovary. Sepals narrowly linear-oblong, obtuse, glabrous, 0.35 cm long. Lateral sepals somewhat oblique. Petals a little shorter than the sepals, only slightly narrower, obtuse, oblique. Lip ovate-lanceolate, swollen towards the apex, with the margins inrolled and connate towards the apex, without appendages, as long as the petals, at the base flattened, 0.15 cm wide; spur inflated, ovoid, subobtuse, narrowed near the mouth, 0.2 cm long. Column short; rostellum elongated, bifid, the tip ascending. Anther rounded, in front obtusely rostrate, minutely apiculate; pollinia 4, subglobose; stipe very slender, dilated towards the pollinia; viscidium oblong, obtuse. Ovary shortly pedicellate, clavate, glabrous, 0.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Colours: Flower yellowish white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland and lower montane forest; 300 to 800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, March, May, June, November, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea), Solomon Islands.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-109M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.