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Thrixspermum collinum

Thrixspermum collinum

Thrixspermum collinum Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 959

Type: Schlechter 16148 (holo B, lost; iso AMES, BO, E, K, L, NSW)

Epiphytic, stout, erect or pendent; roots filiform, glabrous. Stem elongated to 20 cm long, somewhat flattened, many-leaved, entirely covered with the laterally flattened, striate-veined leaf-sheaths, c. 0.5 cm wide. Leaves patent, ligulate, unequally and obtusely bilobulate, 8-15 cm long, near the middle 1.5-2.5 cm wide. Inflorescence long pedunculate, c. 15 cm long, ancipitous, gradually elongated; apical part of the peduncle as well as the rachis flattened. Floral bracts conduplicate, falcate, apiculate, about as long as the ovary. Flowers showy, opening in succession. Sepals linear-lanceolate, strongly acuminate-elongated, 3.5 cm long. Lateral sepals at the base subfalcate. Petals linear, elongated-acuminate, almost as long as the sepals, glabrous. Lip at the base oblongoid-saccate, above the base semiorbicular, 3-lobed above the middle, 1.8 cm long, when flattened 1.1 cm wide near the middle; lateral lobes short, falcate, apex truncate, 3-4-dentate; mid-lobe c. 3-4 times as long, cylindrical-swollen, subobtuse; in basal third of the lip with a linear, retuse appendage; inside at the apex of the sac with a semiglobose, densely papillose callus. Column cylindrical, glabrous. Ovary slender, glabrous, c. 1.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)


Flowers yellowish white, lip with brown dots, basal callus brownish yellow.

Epiphyte in lowland forest; 10 to 150 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution map

Warm growing epiphyte.

April, June.

  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 338, fig. 1302
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Vandeae
  • Subtribe Aeridinae
  • Genus Thrixspermum
  • Section Thrixspermum
  • Species Thrixspermum collinum

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Thrixspermum collinum

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Thrixspermum collinum

Thrixspermum collinum Schltr., plant habit, photo E.F. de Vogel

Thrixspermum collinum

Thrixspermum collinum Schltr., inflorescence, photo E.F. de Vogel

Thrixspermum collinum

Thrixspermum collinum Schltr., flower, oblique front view, photo E.F. de Vogel

Thrixspermum collinum

Thrixspermum collinum Schltr., drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 338, fig. 1302

Thrixspermum collinum

Thrixspermum collinum Schltr., herbarium sheet, Schlechter 16148 (isotype specimen L)