Taeniophyllum setipes

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

Type: Kempf s.n. (Kaiser Wilhelmsland, border between German and English New Guinea) (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, very small; roots numerous, filiform, flexuose, flattened, 8-15 cm long, c. 0.1-0.15 cm wide. Stem almost lacking. Inflorescences several, erect, slender; peduncle at the base with a few small scales, 1.3-2 cm long, hair-like, glabrous; rachis gradually elongating, rather densely flowered, flexuose, to 1 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, acute, distichous, much shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Flowers opening in succession, glabrous, thin textured. Sepals ligulate, subobtuse, glabrous, c. 0.3 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals very similar to the sepals, oblique, but a little shorter. Lip concave, entire, when flattened elliptic, at the apex narrowed into a fleshy obtuse point, 0.28 cm long, near the middle c. 0.15 cm wide; spur somewhat laterally flattened, almost pointing backwards, subcylindrical, 0.2 cm long, at the top somewhat ascending and a little narrowed, obtuse. Column short; clinandrium slightly constricted; rostellum decurved, subulate, at the apex very shortly notched. Ovary pedicellate, slender cylindrical, minutely furfuraceous, c. 0.25 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1919)

Colours: Not recorded, probably yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea.

Cultivation: Epiphyte.