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Pinalia cycloglossa

Pinalia cycloglossa

Pinalia cycloglossa (Schltr.) Ormerod, Malesian Orchid J. 7 (2011) 85

Type: Schlechter 19912 (holo B, lost; iso AMES, G, L, S)


  • Eria cycloglossa Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 659

Epiphyte, scrambling, up to 40 cm long; rhizome elongated, flexuose, somewhat thickened, entirely covered with clasping scale-leaves; roots thin, filiform, elongated, flexuose, minutely puberulous; pseudobulbs 5-8 cm distant, cylindrical, at first covered with clasping sheaths which soon dry out, at apex 5-6-leaved, 5-8 cm high, near the middle 0.7-1 cm diameter; leaves erect-patent, elliptic-ligulate, acute, at the base gradually subpetiolate-narrowed, glabrous, 7-12 cm long, near the middle 1.2-2.1 cm wide; Inflorescence lateral in upper half of the pseudobulbs, erect-patent, rather densely many-flowered, about as long as the leaves, peduncle short; bracts elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, somewhat shorter than the ovary. Flowers erect-patent, glabrous. Sepals lanceolate, acute, 0.5 cm long. Lateral sepals subfalcate, at the base widened along the front margin, mentum short, obtuse. Petals obliquely lanceolate-ligulate, acute, slightly more than 0.4 cm long. Lip orbicular, apiculate, almost 0.2 cm long, entire, in basal half with two semilunate, somewhat divergent lamellae. Column semiterete, glabrous, 0.13 cm high, column-foot ascending, lateral lobes of the clinandrium almost absent, median lobe low. Anther rounded-cucullate, thickly umbonate, glabrous. Ovary slender, sparsely stellate-puberulous, 0.35 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Note: Similar in its long creeping habit to Pinalia truncicola.

Flower white, lip deep carmine red with yellow apex and white base.

Epiphyte in lowland forest. Altitude 450-975 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Warm growing epiphyte.

January, June.

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Eriinae
  • Genus Pinalia
  • Section Polyura
  • Species Pinalia cycloglossa
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 220, fig. 834

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Pinalia cycloglossa

Pinalia cycloglossa (Schltr.) Ormerod, as Eria cycloglossa Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 220, fig. 834

Pinalia cycloglossa

Pinalia cycloglossa (Schltr.) Ormerod, as Eria cycloglossa Schltr., herbarium sheet, Schlechter 19912, isotype specimen (L)