Taeniophyllum pleistorhizum

Taeniophyllum pleistorhizum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 16 (1919) 131

Type: Kempter s.n. (Kaiser Wilhelmsland, area behind Vanimo) (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, almost stemless; roots numerous, flattened, dilated above the narrower base, to 30 cm long, 0.25-0.35 cm wide. Inflorescence erect; peduncle slender, to 3-8.5 cm long, densely finely muriculate-hispid, rachis gradually elongating, densely several-flowered, to 5 cm long. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, slightly more than half as long as the pedicellate ovary. Flowers opening in succession. Sepals oblong-ligulate, obtuse, 0.3 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals broadly and obliquely ovate, obtuse, clearly broader and shorter than the sepals. Lip in outline obovate, somewhat concave, 3-lobed in apical fourth, 0.25 cm long; lateral lobes obtuse, short; mid-lobe semioblong, especially at the apex fleshy, obtuse, very small; spur pendulous, cylindrical, apex clavate-thickened, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. Column short; clinandrium somewhat contracted; rostellum slightly decurved, rather large, apex abruptly bent upwards. Ovary pedicellate, muriculate-pilose, including the pedicel c. 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1919)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, hinterland of Vanimo.

Cultivation: Epiphyte.