Dipodium elatum

Dipodium elatum

Dipodium elatum J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 19 (1908) 22

Type: Branderhorst 248 (holo BO; iso L)

Slender leafless terrestrial 23-80 cm tall. Median sepal linear-oblong, 1.1 by 0.27-0.3 cm, broadly obtuse. Lateral sepals obliquely linear-oblong, subfalcate, 1.2 by 0.23-0.3 cm. Petals obliquely lanceolate, 1.1 by 0.2-0.23 cm, obtuse. Lip 3-lobed, 1-1.2 cm long, in the basal part with a velutinous swelling, lateral lobes obliquely oblong-linear, 0.26-0.3 by 0.1 cm, obtuse, mid-lobe saddle-shaped, 0.55-0.75 by 0.34-0.43 cm, apex incurved, on the mid-lobe with a villose longitudinal band. Column 0.5-0.6 cm long. Fruit pendulous, oblong-fusiform, c. 2 cm long, pedicel 2 cm long. (After Smith, 1909).

Note: Not closely related to Dipodium pandanum, the only other species of Dipodium known from New Guinea, but very similar to some Australian species, also leafless, with which it should be critically compared.


Flower white with red stripes.

Terrestrial in lowland grassland. Altitude 0 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Terrestrial, probably parasitic on fungi and probably impossible to grow under normal conditions.

Not known

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Cymbidieae
  • Subtribe Eulophiinae
  • Genus Dipodium
  • Section Dipodium
  • Species Dipodium elatum
  • Smith, J.J., Nova Guinea 8, 1 (1909) 103, t. 35, fig. 114

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Dipodium elatum

Dipodium elatum J.J.Sm., drawing J.J. Smith, from Branderhorst 248

Dipodium elatum

Dipodium elatum J.J.Sm., herbarium sheet, Branderhorst 248, isotype specimen (L)