Podochilus polytrichoides Schltr. 1905 SECTION Diadena Photo courtesy of © Dr. E.F. de Vogel, and André Schuiteman and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing of P muscosus

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

Full shade Hot Warm Spring Fall

Common Name The Polytrichum-Like Podochilus [a type of moss]

Flower Size .15" [.4cm]

Found in New Guinea in lowland and lower montane forests at elevations around 20 to 900 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with more or less flexuous, densely leafy stems enveloped completely by leaf sheaths and carrying several, erect-patent, narrowly linear, acuminate, twisted [at least when dry] leaves that blooms in the spring and fall on a terminal, short, successively single flowered inflorescence with the flowers at the apex of the stems.

Synonyms Podochilus mamberamensis J.J.Sm. 1929; Podochilus muscosus Schltr. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85 drawing ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85 as P muscosus drawing ; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V Shuiteman and de Vogel 2008