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Saccolabiopsis microphyton

Saccolabiopsis microphyton

Saccolabiopsis microphyton (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Nova Guinea 18 (1935) 75


  • Saccolabium microphyton Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 228
    - Type: Schlechter 15741 (holo B, lost)
  • Malleola microphyton (Schltr.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 980

Basionym: Saccolabium microphyton

Epiphytic, very delicate, stemless, to 4 cm high; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Leaves erect-patent, obliquely lanceolate-strap-shaped, apex unequally and obtusely bilobulate, somewhat narrowed towards the base, glabrous, thin-textured, 2-2.8 cm long, in the middle almost 0.3-0.5 cm wide. Inflorescence slender, a little longer than the leaves, with a few distant, small, clasping peduncle-scales, laxly 6-10-flowered. Floral bracts patent or erect-patent, a little shorter than the ovary, lanceolate, acuminate, thin, glabrous. Flowers erect-patent, not resupinate. Sepals oblong-ligulate, obtuse, glabrous. Lateral sepals somewhat oblique, 0.15 cm long. Petals subfalcate, almost spathulate-ligulate, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip rounded, in front shortly and obtusely acuminate, glabrous, 0.15 cm long; spur relatively large, saccate-conical, somewhat laterally flattened, subobtuse, glabrous, 0.25 cm long, mouth wide. Column short; rostellum beak-like, notched. Anther rounded, in front obtusely acuminate; pollinia obliquely pear-shaped; stipe slender, somewhat dilated towards the pollinia; viscidium very small, oblong. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Flower whitish.

Epiphyte in lowland forest, especially on shrubs and small trees along streams; 300 to 700 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea. See map

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Warm growing epiphyte.

May, July.

  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 344, fig. 1328, as Malleola microphyton (Schltr.) Schltr.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Vandeae
  • Subtribe Aeridinae
  • Genus Saccolabiopsis
  • Species Saccolabiopsis microphyton

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Malleola microphyton (Schltr.) Schltr., drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 344, fig. 1328