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Crepidium cyanobrachium

Crepidium cyanobrachium

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

Type: Kempf s.n. (border between German and English New Guinea, Waria region) (holo B, lost)


  • Microstylis cyanobrachia Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17 (1921) 371
  • Crepidium cyanobrachium (Schltr.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot. Suppl. 3 (1995) 125
  • Malaxis cyanobrachia (Schltr.) W.Kittr., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 30 (1984, publ. 1985) 96 ('cyanobrachis')

Terrestrial, erect, c. 18 cm high. Roots flexuose, densely pilose; rhizome very short. Stem short, c. 4-leaved, cylindrical, c. 3 cm long, near the middle 0.4 cm diam. Leaves suberect, petiolate, glabrous; blade obliquely linear-ligulate, acute, 5-8.5 cm by 0.5-1 cm; petiole 2.5-3 cm long. Inflorescence slender, erect; peduncle almost straight, angular, 12-13 cm long; rachis densely 15- to 20-flowered, erect, to 4 cm long. Floral bracts spreading, lanceolate, acuminate, usually more than twice as long as the ovary. Flowers not resupinate, glabrous. Sepals elliptic, subobtuse, 3-nerved, 0.4 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, almost broadly elliptic. Petals obliquely ovate, subacute, 1-nerved, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip erect, in outline ovate-lyrate, at the base deeply sagittate, excluding the basal auricles 0.23 cm long, at the dilated base 0.2 cm wide, in apical half distinctly narrowed, quadrate, at the apex apiculate, below the apex inside with two slightly divergent, short keels; basal auricles rather large, obliquely triangular at the base, curved-acuminate, along their interior margin 0.1 cm long. Column straight, relatively slender, similar to that of Malaxis zippelii, arms oblong-ligulate, obtuse, almost as long as the column itself. Ovary pedicellate, glabrous, 0.15 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1921)

Not recorded, except that the column arms are dark blue.

Not recorded.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea, Waria River area, exact locality not recorded.

Terrestrial. Requirements unknown.

Not recorded.

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Section Pseudoliparis
  • Genus Malaxis
  • Section Pseudoliparis
  • Species Crepidium cyanobrachium

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Crepidium cyanobrachium

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