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Genus Papuaea

Genus Papuaea

Papuaea Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 16 (1919) 105

Sympodial terrestrial plants. Stem elongated, creeping. Leaves few, sheathing at the base, glabrous, dorso-ventrally flattened, not articulate, convolute, with whitish reticulate veins, herbaceous. Inflorescence a terminal raceme. Flowers small, not resupinate, glabrous, yellowish. Sepals free. Petals free, about as long as the dorsal sepal. Lip without spur, not mobile, outside near the apex laterally with a crenate crest. Column-foot absent. Pollinia 2, sectile, caudicles present, stipe absent, viscidium present. Stigma 1-lobed.

Species present in New Guinea:

Papuaea reticulata

New Guinea, endemic. One species [Papuaea reticulata Schltr.].

Terrestrial in lowland and hill forest.

  • Pridgeon, A. M., P.J. Cribb, M.W. Chase & F.N. Rasmussen (Eds.). 2003. Genera Orchidacearum, Volume 3: Orchidoideae (Part 2), Vanilloideae. Pp. 134-136. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Schuiteman, A. 1996. Notes on Goodyerinae (Orchidaceae) - I. Blumea 41: 397-406.
  • Subfamily Orchidoideae
  • Tribe Cranichideae
  • Subtribe Goodyerinae
  • Genus Papuaea

This very rarely collected genus, perhaps related to Pristiglottis or Moerenhoutia, may be recognised by the combination of whitish-veined leaves and not resupinate glabrous flowers.

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Genus Papuaea

Papuaea reticulata Schltr., habit and floral analysis, drawing A. Schuiteman in Blumea 41 (1996) 404, fig. 3, based on Schram BW 9312