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Crepidium latipetalum

Crepidium latipetalum

Crepidium latipetalum (J.J.Sm.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot. Suppl. 3 (1995) 128

Type: Bogor cult. (Exp. Lorentz, Djibdja 383) s.n. (holo BO)


  • Microstylis latipetala J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 39 (1910) 17
  • Malaxis latipetala (J.J.Sm.) P.F.Hunt, Kew Bull. 24 (1970) 81
  • Pseudoliparis latipetala (J.J.Sm.) Marg. & Szlach., Ann. Bot. Fenn. 37 (2000) 283

Stem 3.5-4.5 cm long, 5-6-leaved. Leaves patent, obliquely linear or lanceolate-linear, shortly acuminate, acute, strongly undulate, 3-nerved, mid-rib grooved above, keeled below, lateral nerves only slightly grooved and prominent, 5 by 0.6-1.1 cm; petiole channelled, including the tubular sheath 1.2-1.5 cm long. Inflorescence laxly several-flowered, peduncle angular, 4.5 cm long, with a few widely patent, lanceolate-linear, 0.5-0.6 cm long scales; rachis 3 cm long. Floral bracts reflexed, triangular-lanceolate, to 0.35 cm long. Flowers widely opening, 0.57 cm wide, 0.65 cm long. Median sepal elliptic, subacute, 3-nerved, 0.35 cm long, 0.23 cm wide. Lateral sepals obliquely broadly elliptic, very shortly acute, 3-nerved, 0.33 by 0.23 cm. Petals in outline rhombic, shortly cuneate-clawed, acute, concave, 1-nerved, 0.3 by 0.2 cm. Lip auriculate, sagittate, very shortly clawed, in outline ovate, at the apex truncate-rounded, conical-apiculate, above with two fleshy keels separated by a groove which merge in the basal part, in total 0.3 by 0.28 cm; auricles distant, falcate-triangular, acute or subacute, 0.08 cm long. Column rather long, ventrally almost longitudinally conduplicate, at the apex truncate, dorsally near the base with a small backwards pointing tooth, velutinous, almost 0.2 cm long, wings closely spaced, large, triangular, truncate, carnose, slightly over 0.1 cm long; clinandrium minute, concave. Anther porrect, surpassing the column-wings, oblong-ovate, obtuse, on either side with a small lobule, 0.04 cm long. Pollinia 4, linear. Rostellum porrect, triangular, obtuse. Ovary pedicellate, , widely patent, obtusely curved, 6-angular, 0.35 cm long. (After Smith, 1911)

Flowers Leaves green. Flowers greenish ochre, almost translucent. Column yellowish green, at the apex dark green. Anther ochrish yellow. Pollinia yellow. Ovary green.

Terrestrial in lowland forest.

Malesia (New Guinea), Solomon Islands.

Papua (Indonesia). See map

distribution in New Guinea

Warm growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.

Not known (described from cultivated specimen).

  • Smith, J.J., Nova Guinea 8, 3 (1911) 532, t. 80A, as Microstylis latipetala J.J.Sm.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Genus Crepidium
  • Section Pseudoliparis
  • Species Crepidium latipetalum

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Crepidium latipetalum

Crepidium latilabre (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones (as Microstylis latipetala J.J.Sm.), floral analysis, drawing J.J. Smith, based on Bogor cult. (Exp. Lorentz, Djibdja 383) s.n.