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Crepidium caricoides

Crepidium caricoides

Crepidium caricoides (Schltr.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot. Suppl. 3 (1995) 125

Type: Type: Schlechter 18245 (holo B, lost; iso BO)


  • Microstylis caricoides Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 123
  • Malaxis caricoides (Schltr.) P.F.Hunt, Kew Bull. 24 (1970) 79

Terrestrial, stout, up to 60 cm high. Rhizome short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, finely villose. Stem rather thick, densely 10-14-leaved. Leaves linear, narrowed towards the apex, sharply acute, at the base dilated, sheathing, 18-25 cm long, near the middle 0.6-1 cm wide. Inflorescence straight or nearly so, glabrous, angular, with a few small distant, bract-like beset with. Inflorescence laxly many-flowered, elongated, up to 20 cm long. Floral bracts deflexed, narrowly lanceolate, strongly acuminate, clearly longer than the ovary. Flowers not resupinate, glabrous. Sepals broadly elliptic, strongly obtuse. Median sepal 0.7 cm long, in the middle 0.5 cm wide. Lateral sepals oblique, 0.6 cm long, in the middle 0.4 cm wide. Petals obliquely oblong, obtuse, 0.6 cm long. Lip in outline hastate, weakly 3-lobed, lateral lobes indistinct, very short, mid-lobe semiorbicular, broadly obtuse, at the base with a very small pit; basal auricles very large, suborbicular, broadly obtuse, 0.4 cm long. Column short, dorsally thinly 2-keeled, clinandrium expanded, cupular. Anther quadrate-rhombic, obtuse. Ovary very short, cylindrical, 6-ribbed, glabrous, c. 0.3 cm long, sessile. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Flowers olive-green, with a darker ‘eye’ in the centre.

Terrestrial in humus between rocks in lower montane forest; 1200 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.


  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 48, fig. 166, as Microstylis caricoides Schltr.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Section Hololobos/Ophthalmodes
  • Genus Crepidium
  • Section Hololobos/Ophthalmodes
  • Species Crepidium caricoides

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Crepidium caricoides

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Crepidium caricoides

idium caricoides (Schltr.) Szlach. (as Microstylis caricoides Schltr.), drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 48, fig. 166

Crepidium caricoides

Microstylis caricoides Schltr., herbarium sheet, Schlechter 18245 (isotype specimen BO)