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Crepidium sciaphilum

Crepidium sciaphilum

Crepidium sciaphilum (Schltr.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot. Suppl. 3 (1995) 132

Type: Schlechter 18267 (holo B, lost; iso BO)


  • Microstylis sciaphila Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 139
  • Malaxis sciaphila (Schltr.) P.F.Hunt, Kew Bull. 24 (1970) 84

Terrestrial, decumbent, small, up to 13 cm high. Rhizome elongated, stem-like; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Stem elongated, at the apex ascending, many-leaved. Leaves erect-patent or patent, petiolate; blade obliquely elliptic or ovate-lanceolate, acute or acuminate, with more less undulate margins, 2.5-3.5 cm long, below the middle 1-1.5 cm wide; petiole dilated at the base, sheathing, 1-1.5 cm long. Inflorescence slender, more or less flexuose, angular, with a few small, distant, bract-like scales, glabrous; rachis rather densely many-flowered, up to 5 cm long, c. 1.2 cm diam. across the flowers. Floral bracts deflexed, narrowly lanceolate, acute, about as long as the ovary and pedicel. Flowers patent, glabrous. Sepals ovate-oblong, obtuse, 0.2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely linear-ligulate, obtuse, glabrous, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip distinctly crescent shaped-auriculate; blade 3-lobed above the middle, 0.15 cm long, at the base 0.2 cm wide; lateral lobes divided into five teeth, the outer one short, triangular, the other four longer, lanceolate-acuminate, subfalcate, becoming smaller towards the outer margins; mid-lobe semiorbicular, at the apex shortly notched, not surpassing the teeth of the lateral lobes; pit narrow, its margin horseshoe-shaped, decurrent from the middle of the mid-lobe to the base of the lip; basal auricles lanceolate-triangular, subobtuse, 0.15 cm long. Column short, conspicuously dilated towards the apex. Ovary cylindrical, 5-ribbed, including the pedicel c. 0.35 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Flowers deep wine-red with darker transparent short stripes.

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.

March, September.

  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 54, fig. 189, as Microstylis sciaphila Schltr.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Genus Crepidium
  • Section Crepidium
  • Species Crepidium sciaphilum

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Crepidium sciaphilum

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Crepidium sciaphilum

Crepidium sciaphilum (Schltr.) Szlach. (as Microstylis sciaphila Schltr.), drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 54, fig. 189

Crepidium sciaphilum

Crepidium sciaphilum (Schltr.) Szlach. (as Microstylis sciaphila Schltr.), herbarium sheet, Schlechter 18267 (isotype specimen BO)