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Appendicula cleistogama

Appendicula cleistogama

Appendicula cleistogama Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 338

Type: Schlechter 16479 (holo B, lost; iso AMES, BO, E, K)

Epiphytic, erect or patent, up to 50 cm long; rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous; stems unbranched, more or less flexuose, terete, glabrous, densely leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves patent, oblong-elliptic, unequally, bilobulate, glabrous, 1.3-2 cm long, near the middle 0.7-1 cm wide. Inflorescences lateral, very short, 2-4-flowered, several times shorter than the leaves; bracts oblong, apiculate, usually as long as the ovary, sometimes longer. Flowers glabrous, cleistogamous. Sepals ovate-oblong, obtuse, 0.2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base dilated along the front margin; mentum short, obtuse. Petals obliquely oblong, obtuse, distinctly smaller than the sepals. Lip suborbicular, concave at the base, with a short, transverse, semiquadrate lamella, at the apex with a large, lobe-like apiculum which is decurrent on the blade, 0.2 cm long. Column short, dilated towards the apex, foot distinct, clinandrium 3-lobed, without rostellum. Anther ovate-cucullate, narrowly obtuse; pollinia obliquely clavate, at the base beak-like elongated. Ovary subsessile, clavate, glabrous, 0.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Flower white.

Epiphyte in lowland forest in shaded positions. Altitude 300 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Warm growing epiphyte, keep in shade.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Podochilinae
  • Genus Appendicula
  • Section Appendicula
  • Species Appendicula cleistogama
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 121, fig. 455

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Appendicula cleistogama

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Appendicula cleistogama

Appendicula cleistogama Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 121, fig. 455

Appendicula cleistogama

Appendicula cleistogama Schltr., herbarium sheet, Schlechter 16479, isotype specimen (BO)