Taeniophyllum trilobum

Taeniophyllum trilobum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1024

Type: Schlechter 16319 (B, lost; P); 16511 (B, lost)

Epiphyte without leaves, rather small. Roots flattened, flexuose, 0.2-0.35 cm wide, up to 20 cm long. Inflorescence somewhat laxly to almost densely many-flowered, including the filiform peduncle up to 2.5 cm long. Floral bracts deltoid, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers rather small, glabrous, opening in succession. Sepals ligulate, acute, keeled, 0.4 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals similar to the sepals but somewhat shorter. Lip at the base semiorbicular, below the middle 3-lobed, as long as the petals, hollowed out, between the tips of the lateral lobes 0.35 cm wide; lateral lobes falcate, acute; mid-lobe much larger, elliptic, acute; spur very short, semioblongoid. Column very short; rostellum short, bifid. Anther rounded-cucullate, short-rostrate. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower light yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 150 to 200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July, September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-210M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.