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Eurycentrum fragrans

Eurycentrum fragrans

Eurycentrum fragrans Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 64

Type: Schlechter 18759 (holo B, lost)

Terrestrial, erect, slender, 20-25 cm high. Rhizome stem-like, decumbent. Roots elongated, flexuose, villose. Stem leafy, terete, glabrous. Leaves 4-6, sometimes approximate, sometimes somewhat distant, patent, petiolate; blade ovate, acute or subacute, glabrous, 2-3 cm long, below the middle 1.2-1.7 cm wide; petiole dilated at the base, clasping the stem, about 1 cm long. Inflorescence laxly 4-7-flowered, glandulose-puberulous, peduncle with a few distant bract-like scales, rachis up to 7 cm long, secund. Bracts lanceolate, acuminate, as long as or a little shorter than the ovary. Flowers erect-patent. Median sepal lanceolate-elliptic, obtuse, in basal half sparsely covered with backwards-pointing hairs, 0.7 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, lanceolate, narrowly obtuse, dilated at the base, decurrent, as long as the median sepal, in basal half sparsely covered with backwards-pointing hairs. Petals obliquely elliptic-ligulate, apiculate, distinctly narrowed at the base, not falcate, almost as long as and adhering to the median sepal. Lip almost as long as the petals, at the base subovoid-saccate, margins incurved, thickened, oblong-cucullate, apically expanded into a transversely oblong, slightly emarginate, minutely apiculate, 1.5 mm long, 3.5 mm wide lobe; spur 0.5 cm long, subacute, inside with two globose, verruculose, sessile calli. Column short, margins of the stigma at the base extended into two decurved, wing-like lobes. Anther subquadrate-cucullate, dorsally with a large reniform callus. Pollinia obliquely clavate, viscidium large, with 3-lobulate upper margin. Ovary cylindrical, covered with backwards-pointing hairs, about 1 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914).


Leaves deep velety brown with narrow whitish margins. Flowers white, sepals tinged brownish.

Terrestrial in montane forest. Altitude 2300 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

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

November.

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Orchidoideae
  • Tribe Cranichideae
  • Subtribe Goodyerinae
  • Genus Eurycentrum
  • Species Eurycentrum fragrans
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 27, fig. 89

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Eurycentrum fragrans

Eurycentrum fragrans Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 27, fig. 89