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Crepidium fasciatum

Crepidium fasciatum

Crepidium fasciatum (Schltr.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot. Suppl. 3 (1995) 126

Type: Type: Schlechter 16440 (syn B, lost); 19231 (syn B, lost)


  • Microstylis fasciata Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 129
  • Malaxis fasciata (Schltr.) P.F.Hunt, Kew Bull. 24 (1970) 79

Terrestrial, erect, 15-25 cm high. Rhizome stem-like, short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Stem short, 4-7 cm high, many-leaved, terete, glabrous. Leaves 4-8, erect-patent or patent, petiolate; blade obliquely elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, acute or acuminate, at the base rounded, glabrous on both sides, margins more or less undulate, 5-7.5 cm long, below the middle 2.2-3.2 cm wide; petiole dilated at the base, sheathing, 1-2 cm long. Inflorescence slender, straight or nearly so, angular, with a few small, distant, bract-like scales, glabrous; rachis rather densely many-flowered, elongated, up to 10 cm long, 1-1.3 cm diam. across the flowers. Flowers patent, glabrous. Floral bracts deflexed, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, about as long as the ovary. Sepals oblong, obtuse. Median sepal 0.35 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, a little shorter. Petals ligulate, obtuse, about as long as the lateral sepals. Lip with long crescent shaped auricles, below the middle 3-lobed, 0.3 cm long, below the middle 0.35 cm wide; lateral lobes with a minute exterior angle, otherwise bidentate, the teeth deltoid-subulate, acute; mid-lobe oblong, obtuse, bifid to the middle, the segments obtuse, almost twice surpassing the teeth of the lateral lobes. Lip with a very small basal pit with a horseshoe-shaped rim from the base to the middle of the lip; auricles obliquely lanceolate-triangular, subacute, 0.2 cm long. Column short, rather thick, towards the apex somewhat dilated. Anther subreniform. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 6-ribbed, including the pedicel 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Leaves in the centre yellowish green, near the margins with a light brown band. Flowers yellow, after a few days becoming red.

Terrestrial in lowland forest; 50 to 250 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Warm growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.

January, April, August.

  • Smith, J.J., Nova Guinea 12, 3 (1915) 221, as Microstylis fasciata Schltr.
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 50, fig. 174, as Microstylis fasciata Schltr.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Genus Crepidium
  • Section Crepidium
  • Species Crepidium fasciatum

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Crepidium fasciatum

Crepidium fasciatum (Schltr.) Szlach. (as Microstylis fasciata Schltr.), drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 50, fig. 174