Thelasis wariana

Thelasis wariana (Schltr.) Schuit. & de Vogel (inedit.)

Basionym: Phreatia wariana

Epiphytic, erect, 12-17 cm high. Roots filiform, glabrous. Stem almost lacking, 6-10-leaved. Leaves erect-patent, semiterete, subfiliform-linear, apex unequally bilobulate, 5-15 cm long, 0.15-0.2 cm wide. Peduncle erect, slender, glabrous, with a few small scales, as long as the leaves or slightly longer; rachis rather densely many-flowered, short, to 2 cm long. Floral bracts recurved, ovate-cucullate, acuminate, shorter than the pedicel. Flowers patent, glabrous. Sepals ovate, subacute, 0.25 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely lanceolate-ligulate, acute, almost as long as the sepals. Lip at the base contracted, broadly rhombic, obtuse, 0.25 cm long; basal callus oblong, pointing backwards, in front decurrent. Column short, rostellum long-triangular, notched. Anther ovate-cordate, cucullate, rostrate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe slender, a little narrowed towards the apex; viscidium minute, orbicular. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers yellowish brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in hill forest; 350 to 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April, June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 686-53M.JPG.