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Genus Calymmanthera

Genus Calymmanthera

Calymmanthera Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 955

Monopodial epiphytic plants. Stem rather short to elongated. Leaves 4-many, sheathing at the base, glabrous, dorso-ventrally flattened, articulate, duplicate, leathery. Inflorescence lateral, a raceme or a panicle. Flowers small, ephemeral, resupinate, yellowish or greenish. Sepals free, narrow. Petals free, similar to the sepals. Lip mobile, without spur. Column-foot present. Pollinia 4, in 4 equal separate masses, solid-waxy, caudicles absent, stipe present, viscidium present.

Species present in New Guinea:

Calymmanthera filiformis
Calymmanthera major
Calymmanthera montana
Calymmanthera paniculata
Calymmanthera tenuis

New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji. About 6 species, 5 in New Guinea.

Epiphytes in lowland and montane forest.

  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Vandeae
  • Subtribe Aeridinae
  • Genus Calymmanthera

A genus of small monopodial orchids, most with much branched inforescences carrying numerous small yellowish flowers with narrow pointed sepals and petals.

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Genus Calymmanthera

Calymmanthera major Schltr., flowers, photo J. Comber, based on Highland Orchid Collection, Laiagam

Genus Calymmanthera

Calymmanthera major Schltr., photo G. Stocker