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Rhomboda novaehiberniae

Rhomboda novaehiberniae

Rhomboda novaehiberniae (Schltr.) Ormerod, Orchadian 11 (1995) 334 ('novae-hiberniae')


  • Zeuxine novaehiberniae Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 82
    - Type: Schlechter 14695 (New Ireland, Punam) (holo B, lost; iso BR, BRI, K, P, W)

Basionym: Zeuxine novaehiberniae

Terrestrial, erect, slender, 15-25 cm high. Rhizome decumbent, stem-like; roots elongated, flexuose, finely villose. Stem terete, glabrous, base leafless, with soon-decaying sheaths, 4- to 6-leaved just below the inflorescence. Leaves patent, petiolate; blade obliquely lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, acute or acuminate, glabrous on both sides, 3-5.5 cm long, below the middle 0.7-1.3 cm wide; petiole dilated at the base, sheathing, 1-2 cm long. Peduncle with a few small, bract-like, distant scales, glandulose-puberulous; rachis rather laxly 6- to 15-flowered, up to 7 cm long. Floral bracts ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, outside somewhat puberulous, with sparsely ciliate margin s, a little more than half as long as the ovary. Flowers glabrous. Median sepal broadly ovate, acuminate, 0.5 cm long. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate, shortly acuminate, a little longer than the median sepal. Petals semiovate, shortly acuminate, glabrous, about as long as the median sepal and adhering to it along their inner margins. Lip in outline ovate-cucullate, as long as the petals, when flattened almost square, near the apex abruptly contracted and then widened into a small, reniform, apiculate lobe; lip inside at the base with two falcate-ligulate glands with unequally denticulate apices; mid-vein swollen, above the middle with a short verruculose callus. Column almost globose, in front with two wing-like, slightly crenulate lamellae. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.8 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Leaves dark purple above, without lighter mid-vein. Flowers brownish with white petals and lip.

Terrestrial in lower montane forest; 600 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea. See map

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Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.


  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 33, fig. 113, as Zeuxine novaehiberniae Schltr.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Orchidoideae
  • Tribe Cranichideae
  • Subtribe Goodyerinae
  • Genus Rhomboda
  • Species Rhomboda novaehiberniae

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Rhomboda novaehiberniae

Zeuxine novaehiberniae Schltr., drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 33, fig. 113

Rhomboda novaehiberniae

Zeuxine novaehiberniae Schltr., herbarium sheet, Schlechter 14695 (isotype specimen K), photo copyright the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew