Taeniophyllum subtrilobum

Taeniophyllum subtrilobum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1020

Type: Schlechter 17299 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte without leaves, very small; roots flattened, flexuose, 0.2-0.25 cm wide, up to 30 cm long. Inflorescence densely 10-15-flowered, distichous, including the filiform peduncle up to 2 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, apiculate, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers rather small, glabrous, opening in succession. Sepals oblong-ligulate, obtuse, 0.25 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely lanceolate, somewhat obtuse, slightly shorter than the sepals. Lip almost rhombic, as long as the petals, near the middle 0.18 cm wide, above the middle weakly 3-lobed-narrowed, with obtuse apex, swollen, in the middle near the base with an oblong concavity; spur oblongoid, obtuse, straight, about as long as the lip. Column very short, thick; rostellum hammer-shaped. Anther at the base reniform-cucullate linear-rostrate; pollinia obliquely ellipsoid; stipe thin and slender, towards the apex a little widened, twice as long as the pollinia; viscidium narrowly rhombic. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, 0.25 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower yellowish green.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 900 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-199M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.