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Anoectochilus rhombilabius

Anoectochilus rhombilabius

Anoectochilus rhombilabius Ormerod, Lindleyana 17 (2002) 189, fig. 1

Type: Dickson 153 (holo K)

Small, terrestrial herb 3-6 cm tall, up to 18 cm tall with fruiting inflorescence. Stem to 3.5 cm long, 1- to 3-leaved. Leaves subrosulate, broadly ovate to suborbicular, shortly acuminate, 2.3-4 by 1.9-2.5 cm; petiole to 0.4 cm long before dilating into the sheath. Inflorescence 6-7.5 cm long, elongating to 15.5 cm in fruit, 1- or 2-flowered, pubescent; peduncle scales three, the lowest almost leaf-like, clasping the stem with its lower third, ovate, acuminate, to 1.6 by 0.4 cm. Floral bract ovate-elliptic, acute, 1 by 0.5 cm. Ovary cylindrical-fusiform, pubescent, 2 cm long. Flowers pubescent outside. Median sepal ovate-elliptic, acute, forming a helmet-like structure with the petals, 1.2 by 0.45 cm. Lateral sepals broadly oblong-lanceolate, acute, 1.2 by 0.35-0.45 cm. Petals oblong-ligulate, acute, 1.1 by 0.25 cm. Lip 3-lobed, spurred; spur cylindrical, obtuse, with two fleshy internal appendages just below the middle, 0.8 by 0.2-0.25 cm; hypochile obcordate, 0.5 by 0.5 cm, distal margins inrolled, broadly elliptic, obtuse. 0.1 by 0.1 cm; mesochile linear, tubular, 0.15 cm long, on each side with about three filaments 0.4 cm or more long; epichile transversely rhombic, apiculate, 0.3 by 0.4-0.5 cm. Column 0.6 cm long, with two remote stigma lobes each with a sterile subquadrate lobule. Column wings lanceolate-ligulate, subacute, 0.6 by 0.13 cm.
(After Ormerod, 2002).

Leaves dark red with reddish pink to pink reticulate veins, pink below. Flower pinkish white, lip white.

Terrestrial. Altitude 1350 m.

Malesia (Moluccas, New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Orchidoideae
  • Tribe Cranichideae
  • Subtribe Goodyerinae
  • Genus Anoectochilus
  • Species Anoectochilus rhombilabius

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Anoectochilus rhombilabius

Anoectochilus rhombilabius Ormerod, drawing Paul Ormerod in Lindleyana 17 (2002) 189, fig. 1, based on Dickson 153 (holo K)

Anoectochilus rhombilabius

Anoectochilus rhombilabius Ormerod, lip, drawing A. Schuiteman, based on Van Royen & Sleumer 6253