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Crepidium rhabdophyllum

Crepidium rhabdophyllum

Crepidium rhabdophyllum (Ridl.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot. Suppl. 3 (1995) 131

Type: Kloss s.n. (Canoe Camp, 150 ft.); Camp 1, 700 ft) (holo BM)


  • Microstylis rhabdophylla Ridl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 9 (1916) 160
  • Malaxis rhabdophylla (Ridl.) P.F.Hunt, Kew Bull. 24 (1970) 84

Stem erect, 6-9 cm long, to 8-leaved. Leaves lanceolate, oblique, at the base shortly cuneate, apex obtuse, 4-7 cm by 1.2-2.5 cm, margins crispate, petiole 1-2.5 cm long. Raceme 15-30 cm long; peduncle 8-15 cm long; rachis laxly flowered. Floral bracts linear acuminate, patent, 0.2-0.3 cm long, as long as the pedicel and ovary. Flowers several, very small, 0.3 cm diam. Median sepal oblong. Lateral sepals ovate, obtuse, broader. Petals linear, obtuse, much narrower than the sepals. Lip obovate, oblong, with entire margins, apex broad, bilobed with a wide sinus between the short, acute lobes; basal auricles short, broad, obtuse, incurved. Column short; apical wings oblong, truncate, long. Anther ovate. (After Ridley, 1916)

Leaves dark green, with a light green or purple-brown central band. Flowers deep yellow and crimson, or green to yellow to dull crimson.

Terrestrial in lowland forest; 212 to 759 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua (Indonesia). See map

distribution in New Guinea

Warm growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.

Not recorded.

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Genus CrepidiumSection Hololobos
  • Genus Crepidium
  • Species Crepidium rhabdophyllum

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Crepidium rhabdophyllum

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