Taeniophyllum mangiferae

Taeniophyllum mangiferae Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1029

Type: Schlechter 16317 (holo B, lost)

Very small leafless epiphyte. Roots flexuose, flattened, 4-8 cm long, 0.15-0.2 cm [‘1.5-2 cm’] wide. Inflorescence almost sessile, flexuose, laxly few-flowered, slightly verruculose. Floral bracts deltoid, apiculate, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers rather small, glabrous. Sepals oblong, apiculate, 0.3 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely ligulate, acute, almost as long as the sepals. Lip in outline oblong, widened at the base, with truncate apex, towards the apex with swollen margins, the apex itself with a conical, incurved apicule, as long as the petals; spur half as long as the lip, oblongoid, obtusely apiculate. Column short, thick; rostellum short; anther rounded-cucullate, obtusely apiculate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe at the base thin, widened towards the apex, as long as the pollinia; viscidium rounded, minute. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower yellowish, lip white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-124M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.