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Crepidium microhybos

Crepidium microhybos

Crepidium microhybos (Schltr.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot. Suppl. 3 (1995) 129

Type: Schlechter 19865 (holo B, lost)


  • Microstylis microhybos Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 115
  • Malaxis microhybos (Schltr.) P.F.Hunt, Kew Bull. 24 (1970) 82
  • Pseudoliparis microhybos (Schltr.) Szlach. & Marg., Adansonia 21 (1999) 277

Epiphytic, erect, c. 20 cm high. Rhizome short; roots elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Stem up to 7 cm long, up to the apex c. 5-leaved. Leaves erect-patent or suberect, petiolate, strongly oblique, lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, 3.5-7 cm long, below the middle 1.4-2.2 cm wide; petiole dilated at the base, sheathing, 2-3 cm long. Inflorescence slender, carrying flowers in upper third. Floral bracts lanceolate-subulate, sharply acute, usually more or less longer than the ovary, patent or pendent. Flowers erect-patent, glabrous. Sepals ovate, subobtuse. Median sepal 0.4 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, 0.3 cm long. Petals obliquely linear-lanceolate, subobtuse, as long as the lateral sepals. Lip ovate-sagittate, 0.2 cm long [excluding the auricles], at the base 0.25 cm wide, glabrous, blade in front with slightly incurved margins, acute, with two ribs separated by a very small pit, the ribs decurrent from above the middle to the base and gradually vanishing; auricles short, falcate-triangular, acute, c. 0.1 cm long. Column short, dorsally thickened towards the base and at the base with a very small, backwards pointing, low outgrowth; stelidia porrect, subcuspidate-lobulate. Anther cordate-ovate, obtuse, cucullate, with a narrow, ligulate umbo. Ovary cylindrical, 8-ribbed, glabrous, c. 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Flowers grass green, lip with a dark greenish-blue groove and apex of column.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest, growing in shaded positions; 1200 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte, requires shaded position.


  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 44, fig. 153, as Microstylis microhybos Schltr.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Genus Crepidium
  • Section Pseudoliparis
  • Species Crepidium microhybos

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Crepidium microhybos

Crepidium microhybos (Schltr.) Szlach. (as Microstylis microhybos Schltr.), drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 44, fig. 153