Taeniophyllum ovale

Taeniophyllum ovale Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1032

Type: Schlechter 16964 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte without leaves. Roots more or less flexuose, 6-12 cm long, scarcely 0.1 cm wide, flattened. Inflorescence pedunculate, laxly few-flowered, including the hairy peduncle to 2 cm high. Floral bracts deltoid, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers glabrous except for the ovary. Sepals ovate-oblong, somewhat obtuse, 0.2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely ovate, obtuse, almost as long as the sepals. Lip elliptic, obtuse, entire, as long as the petals, in the middle 0.15 cm wide; spur oblongoid-clavate, straight, obtusely apiculate, as long as the lip. Column short; rostellum hammer-shaped; pollinia obliquely subglobose; stipe at the base thin, at the apex rhombic-widened, 3- to 4-times longer than the pollinia; viscidium rather small, oblong. Ovary puberulous, cylindrical, 0.25 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower greenish sulfur-yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-145M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.