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Cryptostylis apiculata

Cryptostylis apiculata

Cryptostylis apiculata J.J.Sm., Meded. Rijks-Herb. 23 (1915) 2

Type: Pulle 412 (holo BO; iso L)

Rhizome short. Sheaths large, acuminate, to 5 cm long. Roots thick. Leaf erect, petiolate, ovate, acutely long acuminate, base rounded and shortly contracted into a petiole, with curved veins, laxly reticulate-veined, mid-rib dorsally prominent, when dried membranous, 12.5-13.25 by 4.2-6.2 cm; petiole 7-9 cm long. Inflorescence erect, much longer than the leaf, laxly many-flowered, peduncle 23.5-24.75 cm long, with c. 3 small, tubular, acutely acuminate, to 3.1-3.4 cm long scales; rachis glabrous, 12-29 cm long. Floral bracts ovate-triangular, subulate-acuminate, 5-nerved, to 1.4 cm long. Flowers 4.1 cm long. Median sepal pointing downwards, linear, margins involute, elongated-subulate, acute, 3-nerved, 1.85 cm long, at the base 0.33 cm wide. Lateral sepals similar to the median sepal, widely patent, 2 cm long, 0.26 cm wide. Petals making an acute angle with the sepals, subulate, margins involute, sharply acute, 2-nerved, 1.2 by 0.15 cm. Lip erect, oblong, fairly abruptly tapering to an oblong-triangular, narrowly obtuse, acuminate point, at the base with an ovate-triangular concavity, in basal part with recurved margins, convex, inside entirely velutinous-puberulous, 5-nerved, in total 2.2 cm long, 0.8 cm wide, acumen 0.38 cm long. Column sited in the basal cavity of the lip, erect, 0.3 cm long, auricles triangular. Anther erect, cucullate, ovate-triangular, at the apex conical, obtuse and slightly recurved, papillose, 0.25 cm long. Stigma thick, suborbicular, underneath convex, above concave. Ovary 1.8 cm long. (After Smith, 1915).

Leaves with blackish spots. Sepals and petals green, lip red-brown with darker spots.

Terrestrial in lower montane forest. Altitude 1100 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua (Indonesia). See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing terrestrial, keep in shade.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Orchidoideae
  • Tribe Diurideae
  • Subtribe Cryptostylidinae
  • Genus Cryptostylis
  • Species Cryptostylis apiculata
  • Smith, J.J., Nova Guinea 12, 3 (1915) 182, t. 58, fig. 95

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Cryptostylis apiculata

Cryptostylis apiculata J.J.Sm., drawing J.J. Smith, from Pulle 412

Cryptostylis apiculata

Cryptostylis apiculata J.J.Sm., herbarium sheet, Pulle 412, isotype specimen (L)