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Appendicula latifolia

Appendicula latifolia

Appendicula latifolia (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 36


  • Cyphochilus latifolius Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 360
    - Type: Schlechter 19766 (holo B, lost)

Basionym: Cyphochilus latifolius

Terrestrial, erect, several-stemmed, branched, somewhat rigid, 50 cm high; rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous; stems and branches erect or erect-patent, rigid, densely leafy, thinly terete, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves erect-patent, elliptic or lanceolate-elliptic, 5-8 cm long, in the middle or below the middle 1.5-2 cm wide, apex unequally bidentate, with a small apiculum or mucro, glabrous; Inflorescence terminal or lateral near the apices of the branches, short, shorter than the leaves, few-flowered; bracts and scales lanceolate, narrowly obtuse, almost as long as or shorter than the ovary. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals oblong, narrowly obtuse, glabrous, 0.55 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, towards the base somewhat dilated along the front margin, mentum short, obtuse. Petals obliquely spathulate-ligulate, obtuse, apex obliquely truncate, glabrous, somewhat shorter than the sepals. Lip 0.7 cm long, at the base oblong-clawed, in upper half expanded into in a broadly reniform blade, notched in front, bilobed, margins subcrenulate, blade below the middle 0.75 cm wide, above the base with a cucullate, forked callus, the ?legs? rather broad, in the middle somewhat narrowed, in front rounded, at the base densely puberulous, decurrent to below the middle of the blade, there with a small oblong, obtuse callus. Column short; towards the apex dilated, branches short, column-foot short. Anther subreniform-cordate, narrowly obtuse, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Cyphochilus latifolius Schltr.)

Flower yellowish, lip white.

Terrestrial in lower montane forest. Altitude 1000 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing terrestrial, keep in shade.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Podochilinae
  • Genus Appendicula
  • Section Cyphochilus
  • Species Appendicula latifolia
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 129, fig. 487, as Cyphochilus latifolius Schltr.

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Appendicula latifolia

Cyphochilus latifolius Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 129, fig. 487 ('lalifolius')