Dipodium brevilabium Metusala & P.O'Byrne 2009 SECTION Leopardanthus

Photo by Metusala and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz herbaria Website

A variety as yet unnamed

Photo by Ong P T

Partial shade

Common Name The Short Lip Dipodium

Flower Size 1.32" to 1.48" [3.3 to 3.7 cm]

Found in western New Guinea in lowland forests at elevations of 20 to 200 meters as a large sized, hot growing terrestrial orr scrambling herb with monopodial, leafy in the upper half stems carrying spreading, tapering to an acute apex, 3 main ribbed leaves with overlapping, erect, green, persistent sheaths that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, much longer than the leaves, peduncle 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, provided with 2 to 3, triangular scales, rachis cylindrical, 6.8 to 10" [17 to 25 cm] long, 10.8 to 16" [27 to 40 cm] long overall, to 35 flowered inflorescence.

There are 2 distinct varieties of this species, one the type, has a shorter inflorescence, the other has a longer inflorescence, narrower tepals, a lip with longer side lobes, an elliptic conduplicate midlobe amd the distal-subapical position of the apical column wing.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 19 2017 drawing/photo fide;