Appendicula aberrans Schltr. 1912 SECTION Chaunodesme

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cold EARLYSpring

Common Name The Aberrant Appendicula

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea at elevations around 2500 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with an ascending, elongate to short rhizome giving rise to simple to sometimes branching, terete, densely leafy stem carrying erect-patent, linear to linear-ligulate, obliquely mucronate, glabrous leaves that blooms in the early spring on a terminal, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, laxy 4 to 9 flowered inflorescence with rhombic-ovate, acuminate, minutely dentate-lacerate, twice as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that along with A anomala these species are distinguished by the fleshy, flat appendage of the lip, the widening towards the back and the relatively large bracts with irregular to split margins. The flowers are white with a rose red spot on the apex of the sepals and petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing fide