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Saccolabiopsis pallida

Saccolabiopsis pallida

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

Type: Schlechter 14578 (holo B, lost)


  • Saccolabium pallidum Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 229
    - Type: Schlechter 14578 (holo B, lost)
  • Malleola pallida (Schltr.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 980

Epiphytic, delicate, almost stemless, erect, 4-5 cm high; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Stem almost lacking, entirely covered with the leaf-sheaths. Leaves distichous, erect-patent, subfalcate, narrowly oblong-ligulate, apex minutely and unequally bilobulate, glabrous, thin-textured, 2.5-4 cm long, near the middle 0.4-0.6 cm wide, somewhat narrowed towards the base; leaf-sheaths 0.5-0.7 cm long. Inflorescence slender, short, as long as or shorter than the leaves, with a few small distant peduncle-scales; rachis almost as long as the peduncle, laxly 10-15-flowered. Floral bracts patent, ovate, acuminate, glabrous, shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals oblong-subspathulate, obtuse, glabrous, 0.15 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals oblique, similar to the sepals but smaller, hardly more than 0.1 cm long. Lip ovate, indistinctly 3-lobed, 0.1 cm long, apex subobtuse; lateral lobes erect, inconspicuous; spur conical, somewhat incurved, in front towards the apex somewhat flattened, obtuse, almost 0.2 cm long. Column very short; rostellum minute. Anther ovate, in front truncate; pollinia 2, minute, globose, pendulous; stipe at the base narrow, dilated towards the pollinia, at the apex shortly bifid, with the two segments carrying the pollinia; viscidium very small, ovate, almost as large as the pollinia. Ovary shortly pedicellate, c. 0.25 cm long, glabrous. Fruit cylindrical, c. 1.5 cm long, 0.2 cm diam.
(After Schlechter, 1905)

Flower light yellow, lip pure white.

Epiphyte in lowland forest; 100 to 150 m.

Malesia (New Guinea), Solomon Islands.

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution map

Warm growing epiphyte.

April, September, October.

  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 345, fig. 1329, as Malleola pallida (Schltr.) Schltr.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Vandeae
  • Subtribe Aeridinae
  • Genus Saccolabiopsis
  • Species Saccolabiopsis pallida

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Saccolabiopsis pallida

Malleola pallida (Schltr.) Schltr., drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 345, fig. 1329