Macropodanthus sabahensis J.J.Wood & A.L.Lamb 2011

TYPE Drawing by Linda Gurr


Common Name The Sabah Macropodanthus

Flower Size .52" [1.3 cm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations around 1500 to 1700 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 3 to 5, narrowly elliptic, ligulate to oblong-elliptic, obtuse, very shallowly subacutely unequally bilobed with a minute seta in the sinus, somewhat fleshy, coriaceous, green, sheathed basally leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a simple, arisiing through the leaf sheath base, racemose, galbrous, peduncle .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long, slender, rachis 2 to 6.4" [5 to 16 cm] long, alate, especially below, simultaneously 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with ovate-semicircular, concave, obtuse, margin very minutely erose, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Differs from all others in the genus in the combination of yeelow and reddish brown flowers about .52" [1.3 cm] wide, a lip with oblong, truncate side lobes similar to M alatus which touch at the apex, the lower margins each have a small keel-like flap which curves outward and is fleshy and minutely papillose at the base, and an inflated, saccate, obtuse spur with a minutely papillose aperature." J J Wood etal 2011


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo fide; *The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 Drawing fide