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Crepidium macrophyllum

Crepidium macrophyllum

Crepidium macrophyllum (Schltr.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot. Suppl. 3 (1995) 128

Type: Schlechter 14211 (holo B, lost)


  • Microstylis macrophylla Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 99
  • Malaxis macrophylla (Schltr.) P.F.Hunt, Kew Bull. 24 (1970) 81

Terrestrial, stout, erect, glabrous, up to 40 cm high. Roots filiform, elongated, villose. Stem short. Leaves erect-patent, 4-6, obliquely ovate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, narrowed at the base into a petiole, plicate; blade 10-16 cm long, below the middle 3.5-5.5 cm wide; petiole linear, at the base somewhat dilated, clasping the stem, 4-6.5 cm long. Inflorescence stout, erect, with a few distant scales, somewhat terete; rachis rather densely many-flowered, up to 18 cm long. Floral bracts linear-lanceolate, subulate-acuminate, deflexed, as long as or shorter than the ovary. Flowers erect-patent, not resupinate. Sepals deflexed. Median sepal oblong, subobtuse, 0.4 cm long, near the middle almost 0.2 cm wide. Lateral sepals patent, obliquely ovate-falcate, obtuse, about as long as the median sepal but a little broader. Petals linear-oblong, subfalcate, obtuse, pendent, about as long as the median sepal. Lip erect long-auriculate; auricles lanceolate-falcate, subobtuse, 0.2 cm long; blade in outline reniform, 0.35 cm long [excluding the auricles], 0.4 cm wide, at the apex bifid, on either side 4-dentate, the apical teeth larger than the others, the outermost teeth triangular, the middle ones falcate. Column short, stelidia slightly surpassing the rostellum; rostellum subretuse. Anther obovoid. Ovary subclavate, almost 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1905, and Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Not recorded.

Terrestrial in lowland forest; 200 to 500 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Warm growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.

February, November, December.

  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 130, as Microstylis macrophylla Schltr.
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 51, fig. 175, as Microstylis macrophylla Schltr.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Genus Crepidium
  • Section Crepidium
  • Species Crepidium macrophyllum

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Crepidium macrophyllum

Crepidium macrophyllum (Schltr.) Szlach. (as Microstylis macrophylla Schltr.), drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 51, fig. 175