Taeniophyllum nephrophorum

Taeniophyllum nephrophorum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1027

Type: Schlechter 19823 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte without leaves. Roots flattened, flexuose, 0.15-0.2 cm wide, up to 40 cm long. Inflorescence densely many-flowered, including the hair-like peduncle up to 5 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, minute, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers glabrous, opening in succession. Sepals and petals elliptic, obtuse, about equally long, 0.23 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Lip at the base broadly cuneate, in the middle 3-lobed, as long as the petals, between the tips of the lateral lobes 0.25 cm wide; lateral lobes obliquely oblong, obtuse, subcrenulate; mid-lobe longer, obovate, notched, except for the base entirely covered by a large reniform callus; spur broadly ellipsoid, suborbicular, obtuse, 0.08 cm long. Column very short, rostellum short. Anther subreniform-cucullate, short-rostrate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe thin, towards the apex gradually somewhat widened; viscidium rather small, oblong. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, 0.18 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower light yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-139M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.