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Appendicula fasciculata

Appendicula fasciculata

Appendicula fasciculata J.J.Sm., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 12 (1913) 405

Type: Gjellerup 903 (holo BO; iso L)

Stems elongated, unbranched, 50-60 cm long, leaved, internodes 0.7-1.5 cm long, the upper ones shorter. Leaves rather widely patent, oblong to lanceolate, obtuse, somewhat unequally obtuse, bilobulate, mucronate, mucro shorter than the lobules, at the base half-clasping the stem, mid-rib when dried dorsally prominent and papyraceous, 3.7-6.2 by 1.4-1.9 cm; sheaths tubular, as long as the internodes or longer. Inflorescences lateral, puncturing 1 or 2 sheaths, at the base fasciculate-branched, erect or erect-patent, much shorter than the leaves, densely many-flowered, subsessile, to 1.7 cm long, branches successive. Floral bracts turned to all sides, reflexed, oblong-triangular, obtuse, strongly concave, 1-nerved, 0.23 by 0.13 cm. Median sepal ovate, obtuse, concave, 3-nerved, 0.28 cm long. Lateral sepals with an obliquely oblong lobule decurrent on the column-foot, along the front margins at the base connate, triangular, subobtuse, concave, 3-nerved, 0.28 cm long, at the base 0.33 cm wide; mentum oblong, obtuse, making an acute angle with the ovary, straight, 0.13 cm long. Petals obliquely oblong, at the apex obliquely narrowed, obtuse, 1-nerved, 0.25 by 0.1 cm. Lip at the base for 0.16 cm adnate to the column-foot, concave, 3-nerved, with an ovate-triangular, obtuse, concave basal appendage, which is on either side shortly decurrent on the blade below the margin, at the apex with a minute callus, when flattened 0.44 cm long, blade broadly triangular-ovate, obtuse, 0.24 by 0.27 cm wide. Column making an obtuse angle with the ovary, to the apex of the rostellum 0.18 cm long; clinandrium concave. Anther cucullate, cordate, 0.1 cm long, at the base bilobulate and gibbose, acute, with the margin on either side well below the apex prolonged in a tooth. Rostellum triangular, acute, bidentate, concave. Stigma deeply concave. Column-foot making an almost straight angle with the ovary, straight, 0.2 cm long. Ovary straight, 6-grooved, 0.33 cm long. Fruit (immature) triangular, 6-ribbed.
(After Smith, 1916).

Flower translucent white, column yellow.

Epiphyte in lowland forest. Altitude 300 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua (Indonesia). See map

distribution in New Guinea

Warm growing epiphyte.

Not known

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Podochilinae
  • Genus Appendicula
  • Section Appendicula
  • Species Appendicula fasciculata
  • Smith, J.J., Nova Guinea 12, 3 (1916) 448, t. 174, fig. 323

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Appendicula fasciculata

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Appendicula fasciculata

Appendicula fasciculata J.J.Sm., drawing J.J. Smith, from Gjellerup 903

Appendicula fasciculata

Appendicula fasciculata J.J.Sm., herbarium sheet, Gjellerup 903, isotype specimen (L)