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Appendicula humilis

Appendicula humilis

Appendicula humilis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 353

Type: Schlechter 20089 (holo B, lost; specimens in AMES, BO and K named as A. humilis, but with the number 20029 are A. dendrobioides)

Epiphyte, erect, small, 15-25 cm high; rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous; stems unbranched, straight or almost straight, leafy, thinly terete, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths, 0.2-0.3 cm diameter; leaves subpatent or erect-patent, lanceolate-ligulate, apex bidentate with a setiform apiculum, 3-5 cm long, in the middle or below the middle 0.5-1.2 cm wide. Inflorescences terminal, somewhat patent, rather densely 10-20-flowered, up to 3 cm long; bracts soon becoming reflexed, oblongs, obtuse, much shorter than the pedicellate ovary, flowers patent, glabrous. Sepals oblong, minutely apiculate, 0.5 cm long. Lateral sepals strongly oblique, at the base lobed-dilated along the front margin, mentum oblongoid, obtuse, dorsally oblique, 0.4 cm long. Petals obliquely oblong-ligulate, obtuse, at the base somewhat decurrent, above the middle somewhat dilated, somewhat shorter than the sepals. Lip in outline oblong-subpandurate, dilated above the middle, broadly obtuse, 0.8 cm long, above the middle 0.4 cm wide, at the apex with a minute swelling, above the base with a horseshoe-shaped lamella, the ?legs? lyre-like curved, decurrent to the margins above the middle of the lip. Column short, rostellum medium-sized, bidentate. Anther ovate-cordate, acuminate, umbonate; pollinia obliquely clavate, unequal-sized, stipe slender, forked, as long as the pollinia, viscidium minute, rounded. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.7 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Flower whitish-yellow, petals and lip white, the lip in the centre with red markings.

Epiphyte in montane forest in shaded positions. Altitude 900 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 humilis
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 127, fig. 479

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Appendicula humilis

Appendicula humilis Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 127, fig. 479