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Appendicula concava

Appendicula concava

Appendicula concava Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 347

Type: Schlechter 17204 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, erect or patent, up to 40 cm long; rhizome very short, roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, shortly villose; stems unbranched, almost straight or somewhat flexuose, thinly terete, leafy, 0.2-0.35 cm diameter, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves erect-patent, oblong, obtuse, apex obliquely and shortly bilobulate with a minute apiculum, 2.5-3.5 cm long, near the middle 0.6-1.2 cm wide; Inflorescence terminal, eventually becoming somewhat patent, rather densely many-flowered, elongated, up to 5 cm long; bracts oblong, apiculate, shorter than the ovary, reflexed. Flowers patent, glabrous. Sepals ovate-triangular, obtuse, outside minutely apiculate. 0.4 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base lobed-dilated along the front margin, mentum oblongoid, broadly obtuse, 0.25 cm long. Petals very broadly ovate-elliptic, obtuse, somewhat shorter than the sepals. Lip in outline oblong, obtuse, in the middle slightly constricted, in the lower half strongly concave, at the base with a long and narrow horseshoe-shaped lamella which is decurrent to the middle, lip in total almost 0.05 cm long, 0.03 cm wide. Column short, without rostellum, apex shortly tridentate. Anther broadly ovate-cucullate, dorsally with a rather high callus, in front minutely tridentate, glabrous; pollinia obliquely clavate, unequal-sized. Ovary with the short pedicel clavate, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Flower yellow, lip and petals at the base with red margins, column-foot red.

Epiphyte in montane forest in shaded positions. Altitude 1000 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte, keep in shade.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Podochilinae
  • Genus Appendicula
  • Section Chaunodesme
  • Species Appendicula concava
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 125, fig. 469

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Appendicula concava

Appendicula concava Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 125, fig. 469