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Erythrodes glaucescens

Erythrodes glaucescens

Erythrodes glaucescens Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 60

Type: Schlechter 17177 (syn B, lost; iso L); 19084 (B, lost)

Terrestrial, erect, small, about 20 cm high. Rhizome decumbent, stem-like. Roots elongated, flexuose, villose. Stem leafy, terete, glabrous. Leaves erect-patent or patent, petiolate; blade obliquely lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, acute, glabrous, 2.5-5 cm long, below the middle 1-1.7 cm wide; petiole widened at the base, clasping the stem, 1-1.5 cm long. Inflorescence rather densely 6-10-flowered, secund, erect, glandulose-puberulous, peduncle with a few bract-like scales, rachis up to 6 cm long. Bracts erect-patent, lanceolate, acuminate, scarcely longer than the ovary. Flowers erect-patent, sepals oblong, obtuse, outside sparsely glandulose-puberulous, 4.5 mm long. Lateral sepals oblique, somewhat widened at the base. Petals about as long as and adhering to the median sepal, clawed, obliquely ovate-rhombic, subacute, glabrous. Lip oblong-cucullate, in front widened into a slightly broader, reniform, obtuse lobe, glabrous; spur subquadrate, bifid in apical third, 2.5 mm long. Column short, in front thickened in the middle; rostellum large. Anther lanceolate-cucullate, sharply acute. Ovary cylindrical, glandulose-puberulous, about 0.6 cm long.
(After Schlechter, 1911-1914).

Leaves bluish green. Flower whitish tinged red-brown.

Terrestrial in lower montane forest. Altitude 1000-1100 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires humus-rich compost and shaded position.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Orchidoideae
  • Tribe Cranichideae
  • Subtribe Goodyerinae
  • Genus Erythrodes
  • Species Erythrodes glaucescens
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 25, fig. 82

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Erythrodes glaucescens

Erythrodes glaucescens Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 25, fig. 82

Erythrodes glaucescens

Erythrodes glaucescens Schltr., herbarium sheet, Schlechter 14147, isotype specimen (L)