Taeniophyllum palmicola

Taeniophyllum palmicola Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 221

Type: Schlechter 14618 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, stemless, delicate, 1-2 cm high; roots elongated, flexuose, glabrous, strongly flattened, 0.15-0.25 cm wide. Inflorescence erect, laxly few-flowered, with a few small clasping peduncle-scales. Floral bracts ovate, shortly acuminate, glabrous, shorter than the ovary. Median sepal oblong, subacute, glabrous, 0.35 cm long. Lateral sepals similar to the median sepal, acute, oblique, 0.35 cm long, glabrous. Petals falcate-linear, obtuse, almost as long as the sepals, glabrous. Lip rhombic-suborbicular, obtuse, swollen towards the apex, indistinctly 3-lobed, concave, 0.3 cm diam.; spur broad, subcylindrical, obtuse, a little widened at the mouth, almost 0.3 cm long. Column short; rostellum short, ascending. Anther oblong, apex emarginate-truncate; pollinia 4, obliquely pear-shaped; stipe linear, as long as the pollinia; viscidium very small, ovate. Ovary subcylindrical, c. 0.5 cm long, glabrous. Fruit oblong, 1.8 cm long, 0.4 cm diam. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Colours: Flower pale yellowish.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 10 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-152M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.