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Crepidium hippocrepiforme

Crepidium hippocrepiforme

Crepidium hippocrepiforme (J.J.Wood) Marg. & Szlach., Polish Bot. J. 46 (2001) 69

Type: Sands (Sands, Pattison & Wood) 1740 (holo K)


  • Malaxis hippocrepiformis J.J.Wood, Orchid Rev. 89 (1981) 209, fig.
  • Pseudoliparis hippocrepiformis (J.J.Wood) Marg., Ann. Bot. Fenn. 40 (2003) 362

Plants 24—38 cm tall. Rhizome short, creeping; nodes covered by tubular scales. Leafy stem erect, 7—8 by 0.2—0.4 cm, with 1 or 2 scarious, acuminate sheaths. Leaves 3—4; petiole channeled, 0.3—0.8 by 0.3—0.5 cm when spread,: sheath tubular 0.04—0.07 by 0.3—0.6 cm; blade oblique, ovate- elliptic to narrowly elliptic, 0.17—0.64 by 0.12—0.4 cm, its margin undulate, with acute apex, 3-nerved. Inflorescence erect, 17—30 cm long; peduncle 10—20 cm long; raceme 7—10 cm tall, rather densely 40—60- flowered. Sterile bracts reflexed, narrowly elliptic, 0.06—0.07 by 0.1—0.14 cm; apex acuminate. Floral bracts reflexed, narrowly elliptic, 0.03—0.05 by 0.06—0.1 cm; apex acuminate. Pedicel and ovary sinuate, 0.4—0.5 cm long. Flowers 0.6—0.7 cm in diam. Median sepal 0.45—0.5 by 0.18—0.2 cm; apex obtuse; margins revolute. Lateral sepals oblique, ovate, 0.34—0.36 by 0.24—0.25 cm; apex obtuse. Petals slightly oblique to sinuate, linear-ligulate, 0.43—0.45 by XXX cm; base somewhat cuneate; apex obtuse; 1-veined. Lip horseshoe-shaped, 0.38—0.41 by 0.33—0.35 cm, minutely papillose; mid-lobe broadly semi-orbicular, rounded at apex, not distinct from lateral lobes; lateral lobes relatively elongate, convergent, falcate, 0.18—0.21 by 0.13—015 cm; apex obtuse; central part with 2 semi-circular, subparallel, longitudinal lamellae 0.06—0.07 by 0.01-0.02 cm, 0.01—0.015 cm thick, separated by a shallow depression, at base fused in a callus; basal callus , semi-orbicular, 0.02—0.03 by 0.03—0.04 cm. Column gently curving forward over lip callus, 0.09—0.11 by 0.05—0.06 cm, very minutely papillose; staminodes abbreviated, oblong, with obtuse apex; anther 0.035—0.037 by 0.0.37—0.038 cm; rostellum slightly longer than staminodes, with broadly retuse apex, laterally connected with staminodes.
(after Margonska 2003)

Leaf sheath green, sometimes tinged fawn; blade dark green above, greyish-green beneath. Inflorescence pale green Bracts pale green. Pedicel and ovary pale apple-green. Flowers pale apple-green. Lip pale apricot; lamellae dark green. Column pale apple-green, paler at base; staminodes darker coloured; anther pale aprocot.
(after Margonska 2003)

Terrestrial in mixed montane forest with species of Lithocarpus and Nothofagus, growing in leaf litter in shade; 2125 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea (Eastern Highlands Province); see map

distribution in New Guinea

Cool growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.


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

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Crepidium hippocrepiforme

Crepidium hippocrepiforme (J.J.Wood) Marg. & Szlach., as Malaxis hippocrepiformis J.J.Wood, flower analysis, drawing by M. Swann, in Orchid Rev. 89 (1981) 209, fig.

Crepidium hippocrepiforme

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Crepidium hippocrepiforme

Crepidium hippocrepiforme (J.J.Wood) Marg. & Szlach. (as Malaxis hippocrepiformis J.J.Wood), herbarium sheet, Sands (Sands, Pattison & Wood) 1740 (holotype specimen K), photo copyright the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew