Taeniophyllum minutiflorum

Taeniophyllum minutiflorum J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 39 (1910) 21

Type: Römer, von 389 (holo BO)

Stem short; roots narrow, flattened, 20 cm long 0.13 cm wide. Inflorescences short, few-flowered, 1.3-2 cm long; peduncle hair-thin, 1-1.7 cm long, rachis flexuose, the internodes 0.05-0.06 cm long. Floral bracts distichous, patent, triangular, acute, concave, 0.06 cm long. Flowers opening in succession, minute, 0.2 cm long, 0.15 cm wide. Median sepal oblong, acute, at the apex dorsally thickened, concave, 1-nerved, 0.1 cm long, 0.5 mm wide. Lateral sepals obliquely oblong, obtuse, concave, 1-nerved, 0.13 cm long, 0.5 mm wide. Petals obliquely subrhombic, at the base slightly contracted, obtuse, concave, 1-nerved, 0.13 cm long, 0.7 mm wide. Lip spurred, in total 0.18 cm long; spur pointing backwards, appressed to the ovary, subglobose, 0.06 cm diam.; blade with incurved margins, strongly concave, in the middle underneath fleshy-swollen, glabrous, 3-nerved, when flattened subrhombic-obovate, slightly 3-lobed, obtuse, 0.13 by 0.13 cm. Column very short, 0.05 cm long. Anther cucullate, transversely elliptic, shortly rostrate, O.04 cm wide; pollinia 4, obovoid-globose. Ovary 6-grooved, minutely covered with scale-hairs, 0.16 cm long. (After Smith, 1911)

Colours: Flowers orange-yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest.

Flowering time in the wild: October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 676-132M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.