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Thelasis copelandii

Thelasis copelandii

Thelasis copelandii Kraenzl. in Engl., Pflanzenr. IV. 50. II. B. 23 (1911) 44

Type: Copeland King s.n. (Papua New Guinea, Cape Frere) (holo B?, lost)

Vegetative parts not seen, except for a single detached leaf. Leaf at the base tightly folded, broadly ligulate, apex obtusely bilobulate, coriaceous, 14 ['1.4'] by 2.7 cm. Inflorescence 13 to 18 cm long; peduncle-scales 2-3, yellowish brown, rather long, long acuminate, distant; rachis 4-7 cm long, densely many-flowered, subcylindrical. Floral bracts oblong, abruptly aristate, to 0.5 cm long, equalling the flowers or a little longer. Flowers 0.2 cm long. Median sepal ovate-triangular, acute. Lateral sepals in the apical part similar, at the base strongly produced; mentum somewhat prominent. Petals smaller, oblong, subobtuse. Lip short-clawed; claw concave; blade at the base cordate, in outline broadly ovate, apex obtuse, not surpassing the sepals. Rostellum rather deeply bifid. Anther ovate, as long as the rostellum, acuminate; viscidium fairly large, linear; cuadicle almost as long; pollinia minute, globose. (After Kraenzlin, 1911)


Flowers 'certainly white tinged pink' (Kraenzlin).

Epiphyte in lowland forest?

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution map

Not known.

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Thelasiinae
  • Genus Thelasis
  • Species Thelasis copelandii

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Thelasis copelandii

Thelasis copelandii Kraenzl. in Engl., Pflanzenr. IV. 50. II. B. 23 (1911) 44