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Goodyera crocodiliceps

Goodyera crocodiliceps

Goodyera crocodiliceps Ormerod, Austral. Orchid Rev. 61, 5 (1996) 41, fig.

Type: Hartley 12508 (holo LAE)

Terrestrial. Stem few-leaved, rooting at the basal nodes, terete, 13 cm long. Leaves obliquely ovate-elliptic, acute, subsessile, 2.3-4 by 1.3-2.3 cm. Inflorescence terminal, 3 cm long (peduncle 1.5 cm long; rachis 1.5 cm long), the rachis densely 20-flowered. Floral bracts linear-lanceolate, acute, margin serrate in basal third, pubescent outside, 0.8 by 0.15 cm. Pedicellate ovary minutely verrucose, 0.5 cm long. Flowers externally minutely papillose-pubescent. Median sepal ovate-oblong, 0.3 by 0.15 cm, subacute. Lateral sepals ovate-elliptic, 0.3 by 0.2 cm, rather obtuse, margins involute. Petals trapeziform, 0.3 by 0.15 cm, rather obtuse, upper margins irregular-dentate, forming a helmet with the median sepal. Lip ovate, 0.3 by 0.15-0.2 cm, obtuse, margins undulate, outside with scattered warts, saccate in basal half, this sac with linear laterally flattened appendages. Column with elongate arms, 0.15 cm long. Anther cordate-lanceolate. (After Ormerod, 1996).


Leaves green with a median pale streak. Flowers white.

Terrestrial in upper montane forest. Altitude 1830 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Cool growing terrestrial.

Not known

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Orchidoideae
  • Tribe Cranichideae
  • Subtribe Goodyerinae
  • Genus Goodyera
  • Species Goodyera crocodiliceps

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Goodyera crocodiliceps

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