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Vrydagzynea argyrotaenia

Vrydagzynea argyrotaenia

Vrydagzynea argyrotaenia Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 84

Type: Schlechter 14477 (holo B, lost)

Erect, delicate herb, 7-10 cm high, glabrous; roots flexuose, finely villose. Stem unbranched, usually decumbent at the base, erect, terete, at the base with cataphylls, leafy near the apex. Leaves petiolate, erect-patent or patent, ovate-lanceolate or lanceolate, 1-2.5 cm long, below the middle 0.6-1 cm wide, acute or acuminate; petiole 0.6-0.7 cm long, at the base strongly dilated and cucullate-clasping. Inflorescence with a few tightly clasping peduncle-scales, at the apex 1- to 4-flowered. Floral bracts ovate or ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, a little longer or a little shorter than the ovary. Flowers erect. Median sepal ovate, 0.5 cm long, apex narrowed, obtuse, concave. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate-lanceolate, subfalcate, subobtuse, only slightly longer than the median sepal. Petals erect, obliquely ovate-lanceolate, 0.4 cm long, apex narrowed, subobtuse, front margins dilated towards the base. Lip ovate, 0.4 cm long, near the middle 0.2 cm wide, inside minutely papillose-puberulous, apex swollen, narrowed, subobtuse; spur conical-inflated, at the base in front flattened, retuse, almost bilobed. Anther ovoid, acute; pollinia obliquely clavate; viscidium ovate, in front acute. Ovary cylindrical, 0.7 cm long, more than twice as long as the spur. (After Schlechter, 1905)


Leaves dark green with a broad silvery longitudinal band. Sepals outside greenish tinged brown, petals and lip white.

Terrestrial in lower montane forest; 400 to 1650 m.

Malesia (New Guinea), Solomon Islands.

Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution map

Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.

April, July, August, September.

  • Smith, J.J., Nova Guinea 8, 1 (1909) 11, t. 4, fig. 10
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 88
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 36, fig. 123
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Orchidoideae
  • Tribe Cranichideae
  • Subtribe Goodyerinae
  • Genus Vrydagzynea
  • Species Vrydagzynea argyrotaenia

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Vrydagzynea argyrotaenia

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Vrydagzynea argyrotaenia

Vrydagzynea argyrotaenia Schltr., floral analysis, drawing J.J. Smith, from Versteeg 1664

Vrydagzynea argyrotaenia

Vrydagzynea argyrotaenia Schltr., column and lip, drawing J.J. Smith, from Versteeg 1664

Vrydagzynea argyrotaenia

Vrydagzynea argyrotaenia Schltr., drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 36, fig. 123