Taeniophyllum pulvinatum

Taeniophyllum pulvinatum Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 222

Type: Schlechter 13881 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, stemless, delicate, to 4 cm high; roots elongated, flexuose, glabrous, strongly flattened, c. 0.3 cm wide. Stem almost lacking, leaves reduced to minute scales. Inflorescence slender, to 4 cm long; peduncle filiform, terete, minutely glandulose; rachis laxly several-flowered, to 1.2 cm long, subdistichous. Floral bracts patent, very small, ovate, shortly acuminate, minutely glandulose, much shorter than the ovary. Sepals oblong, obtuse, glabrous, 0.2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely obovate-oblong, obtuse, about as long as the sepals. Lip in outline almost square, 4-lobed, 0.2 by 0.2 cm; lobes rounded, broadly obtuse, the frontal lobes a little smaller than the posterior ones; with a rounded, cushion-like, large basal callus extending to the base of the frontal lobes; spur cylindrical, with the apex slightly dilated, obtuse, 0.2 cm long. Column short; rostellum elongated. Anther cordate, sublanceolate, rostrate-elongated, in front subobtuse, ascending. Ovary subcylindrical, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Colours: Flower light green.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 150 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-170M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.