Peristylus tradescantiifolius (Rchb.f.) Kores 1989 Photo by Whistler

Drawing Drawing by Sue Wickison TYPE drawing Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Hot Cool Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Tradescantia-Like Peristylus

Flower Size 3/8"

Found in New Guinea, the Bismark Archipelago, the Moluccas, the Solomon Islands, Queensland Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu in scrub and forests at elevations around 250 to 1000 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with a terete, erect, towards the middle of the stem, bracts beneath, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall on a , [9 to 14cm] long, laxly 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, as long as to shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are grass green.

Synonyms Habenaria cyrtostigma Schltr. 1910; Habenaria papuana Kraenzl. 1892; *Habenaria tradescantiifolia Rchb.f. 1868; Peristylus papuanus (Kraenzl.) J.J.Sm. 1913; Peristylus remotifolius J.J.Sm. 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Band 9 German Samoa Schlechter 1910-11 as H cyrtostigma; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 as Habenaria papuana Drawing fide; Engler's Beiblatt Zu Den Botanischen Jahrbuchern Vol 52 Schlechter 1914 as Habenaria papuana; Engler's Beiblatt Zu Den Botanischen Jahrbuchern Sumatra Schlechter 1911 as Habenaria papuana; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & P Cribb 1989 as Peristylus papuanus drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; Orchids of Samoa Whistler & Cribb 1996 drawing fide;