Taeniophyllum pectiniferum

Taeniophyllum pectiniferum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1018

Type: Schlechter 19762 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, leafless, small; roots flattened, flexuose, 0.2 cm wide, to 25 cm long. Inflorescence densely 10-15-flowered; including the hair-like peduncle to 4 cm long, rachis comb-like. Floral bracts deltoid, acuminate, distinctly shorter than the ovary. Flowers very small, opening in succession, glabrous. Sepals ligulate, obtuse, 0.38 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely lanceolate-ligulate, subobtuse, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip at the base broadly rhombic, in apical half lanceolate-subulate, at the base pitted, with two 2 obtuse swellings in front of the mouth of the spur, as long as the petals. Column very short; rostellum hammer-shaped. Anther ovate-cucullate, rostrate, obtuse; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe almost three times as long as the pollinia, slender, somewhat dilated towards the apex; viscidium oblong, as long as the pollinia. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, c. 0.25 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers yellowish white.

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: 676-158M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.