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Crepidium euanthum

Crepidium euanthum

Crepidium euanthum (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones, Lasianthera 1 (1996) 35

Type: Kempter s.n. (inland from Angriffshafen, Kaiser Wilhelmsland) (holo B, lost)


  • Microstylis euantha Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 16 (1919) 43
  • Malaxis euantha (Schltr.) W.Kittr., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 30 (1984, publ. 1985) 96

Terrestrial, erect, stout, c. 40 cm high. Rhizome short; roots filiform, flexuose, finely villose. Stems c. 2 cm apart, cylindrical, carnose, at the base covered with long clasping sheaths, in the upper part 3- to 4-leaved, 12-16 cm long, c. 0.6 cm diam. Leaves erect-patent, obliquely elliptic, acuminate, at the base cuneate, passing into the broad, channelled petiole; blade 10-14 cm long, near the middle 4.5-6 cm wide; petiole to 5.5 cm long. Inflorescence straight, angular; peduncle c. 17 cm long; rachis rather laxly 10- to 15-flowered, c. 10-13 cm long. Floral bracts pendent, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, about as long as the ovary and pedicel or a little shorter. Flowers not resupinate, glabrous. Sepals oblong, obtuse, 1 cm long, the lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely oblong, obtuse, somewhat narrowed towards the base, almost as long as the sepals. Lip in outline suborbicular, at the base deeply cordate-auriculate; blade excluding the basal auricles 0.8 cm long, below the middle 0.9 cm wide, in the middle densely finely punctate, in apical half on either side with 7-8 falcate-triangular, acute marginal teeth, at the apex with a shortly incised semi-oblong lobule that only slightly surpasses the lateral teeth, basal pit narrowly oblong, extending to the middle; basal auricles obliquely triangular, obtuse, 0.45 cm long. Column short, rather thick, glabrous. Ovary slender, ribbed, 0.9 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1919)

Flowers apparently dark purple.

Not recorded.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea, West Sepik Province, exact locality not recorded.

Terrestrial. Requirements unknown.

Not recorded.

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Genus Crepidium
  • Section Crepidium
  • Species Crepidium euanthum

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Crepidium euanthum

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