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Appendicula polyphylla

Appendicula polyphylla

Appendicula polyphylla Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 345

Type: Schlechter 19177 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, erect, 30-40 cm high; rhizome decumbent, rather short, covered with overlapping sheaths; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, villose; stems straight or almost straight, unbranched or sparsely branched, thinly terete, many-leaved, glabrous, entirely covered by the closely appressed leaf-sheaths, 0.2 cm diameter; leaves erect-patent or suberect, oblong-ligulate, minutely and unequally bilobulate with a minute mucro, 1-2.5 cm long, near the middle 0.3 -0.6 cm wide; Inflorescence terminal, rather densely 5-10-flowered, up to 2 cm long; bracts soon becoming patent, ovate-lanceolate, acute, usually somewhat longer than the ovary. Flowers patent, glabrous. Sepals ovate, apiculate, 0.35 cm long. Lateral sepals at the base along the front margin dilated, outside somewhat keeled-thickened along the mid-vein, mentum semiglobose, broadly obtuse. Petals obliquely ligulate, subacute; somewhat shorter than the sepals. Lip in outline elliptic, obtuse, front margin irregular, glabrous, 0.4 cm long, near the middle 0.28 cm wide, at the base with a horseshoe-shaped, dorsally weakly 4-lobulate lamella decurrent up to the basal third, in the middle of the blade of the lip with an indistinct, narrowly elliptic swelling. Column short, apex shortly tridentate, column-foot rather short, rostellum low, triangular. Anther broadly ovate-cucullate, with a large umbo, apex on either side with a small falcate apiculum. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, 0.3 cm long, cylindrical. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Flower outside greenish yellow, petals outside tinged reddish, lip whitish, anther yellowish with purple humps.

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 polyphylla
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 123, fig. 464

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Appendicula polyphylla

Appendicula polyphylla Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 123, fig. 464