Appendicula australiensis (F.M.Bailey) Schltr. 1912

Another Flower

Photos by Mark Clements

Common Name The Australian Appendicula - In Australia The Native Srteam Orchid

Flower Size .15" [3.5mm]

Found in New Guinea and Queensland Australia at elevations of sea level to 700 meters in humid lowland forests often on rainforest trees overhanging streams as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with an elongate, thin stem enveloped completely by imbricating leaf-bearing sheaths, each carrying basally twisted, thin, dark green, glossy, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the fall on a short inflorescence arising on the upper portion of the stem with 2 to 6 flowers held in a cluster

There is a lot of confusion here as this species is very close to and may be Appendicula reflexa, more research needs to be done.

Synonyms *Eria australiensis F.M.Bailey1886; Podochilus australiensis (F.M.Bailey) Schltr. 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/85; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 as Podochilus australiensis photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 41 2001;Genera Orchidacearum Pridgeon, Chase, Cribb & Rassmusen 2005; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good

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