Mediocalcar versteegii J.J. Sm. 1908 SECTION Eu-Mediocalcar

Plant in Bloom Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

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Common Name Versteeg's Mediocalcar [Dutch Explorer 1800's]

Flower Size 1/4" [8.5mm]

This miniature sized, epiphytic, mat-forming, warm to cool growing species occurs in Papua and New Guinea at altitudes of 800 to 2000 meters and requires moderate shade and has an elongate, terete rhizome giving rise to a cylindrical pseudobulb that is connate to the rhizome and carrys a single, apical, ligulate, obtuse leaf that blooms in the late winter on a very short, terete, glabrous, single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Eria versteegii (J.J.Sm.) Kraenzl. 1911; Mediocalcar abbreviatum Schltr. 1911; Mediocalcar angustifolium Schltr. 1911; Mediocalcar cluniforme J.J.Sm. 1915; Mediocalcar doctersii J.J.Sm. 1935; Mediocalcar lawesii Schltr. 1911; Mediocalcar seranicum J.J.Sm. 1928; Mediocalcar versteegii subsp. amphigeneum Schuit. 1997; Mediocalcar versteegii subsp. intermedium Schuit. 1997; Mediocalcar versteegii subsp. vulcanicum Schuit. 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1985 drawings as Mediocalcar abbreviatum Schltr. 1911, Mediocalcar angustifolium Schltr. 1911 and Mediocalcar lawesii Schltr. 1911; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol IV Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006

Mediocalcar versteegii subsp. intermedium Schuit. 1997

Flower Closeup

Flower Side View

Front Flower Closeup

A variety that differs in having a shorter spur and has less prominent bud displacement.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol IV Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006

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