Taeniophyllum stenosepalum

Taeniophyllum stenosepalum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1023

Type: Schlechter 20155 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte without leaves, slender. Roots flattened, flexuose, 0.15-0.18 cm wide, up to 25 cm long. Inflorescence densely few- to several-flowered, distichous, including the hair-like peduncle 1.5-2 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, apiculate, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers rather small, glabrous, opening in succession. Sepals narrowly linear, obtuse, keeled, 0.3 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely lanceolate-oblong, subobtuse, somewhat shorter than the sepals . Lip rather broadly ovate, as long as the petals, at the narrowed apex fleshy-swollen, subobtuse; spur cylindrical, towards the apex a little widened, somewhat longer than the lip. Column very short, rostellum hammer-shaped. Anther at the base broadly ovate-cucullate, linear-rostrate; pollinia obliquely oblongoid; stipe almost twice as long, at the base thin, widened towards the apex; viscidium linear-oblong, obtuse. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, subsessile, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower light yellow with whitish spur.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-197M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.