Taeniophyllum rhomboglossum

Taeniophyllum rhomboglossum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 3 (1906) 51

Type: Baeuerlen s.n. (1885, Papua, Strickland R.) (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, stemless, leafless; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, somewhat flattened, glabrous, smooth, rather rigid, 0.15-0.2 cm wide. Inflorescence slender, filiform (almost hair-like), straight, terete, glabrous, 2.3-4 cm long, at the apex 2- to 3-flowered. Floral bracts ovate-deltoid, acute, glabrous, shorter than the ovary. Sepals narrowly oblong-ligulate, obtuse, glabrous, outside thickened along the mid-vein, with sparse translucent dots, 0.2 cm long. Lateral sepals subfalcate-oblique. Petals similar to and as long as the sepals but a little broader, obtuse, glabrous, thinner in texture than the sepals, with similar translucent dots. Lip concave, rhombic, at the apex narrowed and thickened, 0.15 cm long, in the middle about 0.15 cm wide, except for the apical part with sparse translucent dots; spur subconical-cylindrical, obtuse, glabrous, c. 0.1 cm long. Column short; rostellum elongated, deeply bifid. Anther cucullate, glabrous, in front rostrate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe linear; viscidium linear, on either end acute, large. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, c. 0.15 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1906)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Not known.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-181M.JPG.