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Oxystophyllum govidjoae

Oxystophyllum govidjoae

Oxystophyllum govidjoae (Schltr.) M.A.Clem., Telopea 10, 1 (2003) 277

Type: Schlechter 19726 (holo B, lost).


  • Dendrobium govidjoae Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 572; 21 (1923) t. 191, fig. 718.
  • Aporum govidjoae (Schltr.) Rauschert, Feddes Repert. 94 (1983) 439.

Rhizome short, roots elongated, filiform, flexuose, minutely papillose-hairy. Stems closely spaced, pendulous, up to 100 cm long, very densely many-leaved, unbranched or rarely sparsely branched. Leaves bilaterally flattened, obliquely lanceolate, 2-4 by 0.5 cm, apex acute, coriaceous. Inflorescences laterally from the stem or apical, sometimes in almost head-like clusters, short, 1-flowered, peduncle-scales overlapping, acute. Floral bract ovate, much longer than the ovary, apex acuminate. Ovary 0.3 cm long, obconical, glabrous. Flower c. 1.2 cm long. Dorsal sepal ovate, 0.75 cm long, apex acute to apiculate. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate, widened at the base, 0.75 cm long, apex acute to apiculate; mentum oblongoid-conical, 0.6 cm long, obtuse. Petals obliquely lanceolate-oblong, c. 0.7 cm long, apex subcuspidate. Lip narrowly oblong-ligulate, 0.9 by 0.3 cm, minutely papillose except for a median linear-ligulate shiny strip, margins slightly undulate, apex subtruncate-rounded, apiculate. Column short, clinandrium 3-lobulate, the lateral lobules short, obtuse, the median longer, linear, incurved; column-foot 0.6 cm long, curved.
(after Schlechter, 1912).

Dark purple-red.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest. Altitude 1200 m.

New Guinea (endemic).

Papua New Guinea (Morobe Province)

Intermediate growing epiphyte.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Eriinae
  • Genus Oxystophyllum
  • Species Oxystophyllum govidjoae

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Oxystophyllum govidjoae

Oxystophyllum govidjoae (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. (as Dendrobium govidjoae Schltr.), drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 191, fig. 718