Taeniophyllum xerophilum

Taeniophyllum xerophilum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 1011

Type: Schlechter 18316 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, very small, leafless; roots flattened, flexuose, to 6 cm long, c. 0.15 cm wide. Inflorescence slender-pedunculate, few-flowered, about 1 cm long, glabrous. Floral bracts deltoid, minute. Flowers minute, glabrous. Sepals and petals connate to above the middle, 0.13 cm long. Sepals with the free parts oblong, obtuse, outside in the middle slightly verruculose-swollen. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals with the free part obliquely broadly ovate. Lip ovate, as long as the petals, obtuse, from the middle towards the base with a wedge-shaped concavity, apex thickened; spur oblongoid-conical, obtuse, almost straight, a little shorter than the lip. Column short; rostellum hammer-shaped. Anther rounded-cucullate, obtusely apiculate. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, c. 0.1 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers yellowish green.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 150 m.

Flowering time in the wild: October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 676-220M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.