Plocoglottis maculata Schlechter 1912 SECTION Phyllocaulos

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Hot Fall

Common Name The Spotted Plocoglottis

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea in humus of montane forests at elevations around 300 meters as a medium sized, hot growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to graceful, terete, glabrous stems carrying laxly 5 to 9, erect-patent, 3 nerved, lanceolate, long acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a graceful, terete, subglabrous below to shortly subtomentose above, to 12 to 16" [30 to 40 cm] long overall, few bracted, rachis to 3.2" [8 cm] long, laxly 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence with erect-patent, minutely pubescent, lanceolate, acuminate, slightly longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are yellow, thickly spotted on the inside with red, the lipis white with 2 short red stripes below the middle and the column is yellowish with a broad transverse red stripe.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide;