Taeniophyllum macrorhynchum

Taeniophyllum macrorhynchum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1036

Type: Schlechter 20328 (holo B, lost; NB: Also type number of Phreatia congesta Schltr.)

Epiphyte without leaves. Roots slightly flattened, flexuose, up to 30 cm long, 0.1-0.15 cm wide. Inflorescence rather laxly 8- to 25-flowered, distichous, including the very densely muricate-tomentose peduncle up to 5 cm high. Floral bracts deltoid, apiculate, much shorter than the ovary. Sepals lanceolate, subacute, outside keeled et sparsely muricate, 0.7 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely linear-lanceolate, subacute, keeled outside, almost as long as the sepals, glabrous. Lip oblong, as long as the petals, subacute, in the basal half hollowed out; spur sac-like, ellipsoid, broadly obtuse, outside sparsely muriculate, more than half as long as the lip. Column very short; rostellum straight, lanceolate, very large. Anther ovoid-cucullate, obtuse; pollinia obliquely obovoid. Stipe 6 times longer, oblanceolate-ligulate; viscidium ovate, rather small. Ovary subsessile, densely muriculate, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower yellowish with white lip.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-119M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.