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Crepidium nephroglossum

Crepidium nephroglossum

Crepidium nephroglossum (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones, Lasianthera 1 (1996) 38

Type: Schlechter 17742 (holo B, lost)


  • Microstylis nephroglossa Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 140
  • Fingardia nephroglossa (Schltr.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot. Suppl. 3 (1995) 134
  • Malaxis nephroglossa (Schltr.) P.F.Hunt, Kew Bull. 24 (1970) 82

Terrestrial, decumbent, up to 10 cm high. Rhizome elongated, stem-like; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Stem elongated, ascending at the apex, many-leaved. Leaves erect-patent, petiolate; blade obliquely ovate-lanceolate, acute or subacute, with more or less undulate margins, glabrous, 2-3 cm long, below the middle 0.7-1.3 cm wide; petiole dilated at the base, sheathing, 0.5-1.3 cm long. Inflorescence erect, slender, straight or nearly so, angular, with a few small bract-like scales, glabrous; rachis rather densely several- to many-flowered, up to 6 cm long. Floral bracts deflexed, narrowly lanceolate, acute, usually shorter than the ovary. Flowers usually cleistogamous, patent, glabrous. Sepals broadly ovate, obtuse, c. 0.2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely lanceolate-ligulate, obtuse, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip in outline broadly reniform, at the base very broad, c. 0.3 cm wide, 0.15 cm [‘1.5 cm’] long, basal angles obtuse, in front on either side of the mid-lobe with five short triangular teeth; mid-lobe semiorbicular, shortly notched, hardly surpassing the lateral teeth; basal pit oblong, its margins thickened, decurrent to below the apex. Column short, rather thick. Anther reniform, obtuse. Ovary with pedicel glabrous, clavate, c. 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Flowers dark purple with oblong, green, transparent dots on the petals.

Terrestrial in lower montane forest; 1000 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.


  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 55, fig. 191, as Microstylis nephroglossa Schltr.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Genus Crepidium
  • Section Crepidium
  • Species Crepidium nephroglossum

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Crepidium nephroglossum

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Crepidium nephroglossum

Crepidium nephroglossum (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones (as Microstylis nephroglossa Schltr.), drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 55, fig. 191