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Crepidium bisepalum

Crepidium bisepalum

Crepidium bisepalum (Gilli) Schuit. & de Vogel, Malesian Orchid J. 9 (2011) 5.

Type: Gilli 531 (holo W)


  • Microstylis bisepala Gilli, Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 84/B (1983) 36, fig. 27
  • Saurolophorkis bisepala (Gilli) Szlach. & Marg., Polish Bot. J. 46 (2002 [2001 publ. 2002]) 114.
  • Saurolophorkis cordanthemon Marg. & Szlach., Polish Bot. J. 46 (2001) 9
  • Crepidium cordanthemon (Marg. & Szlach.) Schuit. & de Vogel, Malesian Orchid J. 9 (2011) 5

Terrestrial, erect, 13-35 cm tall. Rhizome short; roots elongated, flexuose, villose. Stem 1-15 cm long, glabrous, sheathed near the base, 3-leaved. Leaves erect-patent or patent; blade broadly lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, base rounded or abruptly narrowed, 6-12 by 2-5 cm; petiole broad, dilated towards the base, sheathing, 1-4 cm long. Inflorescence almost straight, glabrous; rachis rather densely 15-50-flowered, 5-10 cm long. Floral bracts deflexed, lanceolate, acuminate, 0.2-1 cm long. Flowers patent or deflexed, glabrous. Median sepal triangular-ovate, obtuse, 0.5 by 0.4 cm. Lateral sepals connate, forming a semiglobose blade which partly encloses the other floral part, 0.5 cm long, when flattened 0.6 cm wide, apex obtuse, slightly incised. Petals 0.5 by 0.08 cm, linear, obtuse, curved. Lip 3-lobed; mid-lobe obovate, 0.2 by 0.15 cm; lateral lobes almost axe-shaped, apices obtuse, distant, 0.3 cm long and wide. Column short. Ovary and pedicel curved, to 0.5 cm long. (After Gilli, 1983, as Microstylis bisepala)

Flowers green, column blackish.

Terrestrial among shrubs along a brook; 1950 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing terrestrial, keep in shaded position.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Section Pseudoliparis
  • Genus Crepidium
  • Species Crepidium bisepalum

Paul Ormerod (pers. comm.) never intended to propose this combination, which was inexplicably attributed to him by Szlachetko & Margonska.

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Crepidium bisepalum

Crepidium bisepalum (Gilli) Schuit. & de Vogel, as Microstylis bisepala Gilli, drawing A. Gilli in Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 84/B (1983) 36, fig. 27, based on Gilli 531 (holotype W)