Pomatocalpa leucanthum (Schltr.) Schltr. 1913

Flower Closeup Photos by André Schuiteman, courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulenand Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Part shadeHot WarmFall

Common Name or Meaning The White Flowered Pomatocalpa

Flower Size 1/4" [7 mm]

Found only in New Guinea in lowland forests at elevations of 250 to 700 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing, monopodial epiphyte with a thick and woody stem carrying yellow green, leathery, round and bilobed apically, linear leaves that are basally conduplicate and clasping the stem that blooms in the fall on a basal to axillary, 10" [25 cm] long, stiffly spreading, branched, many flowered inflorescence with close set, long-lasting flowers.

Synonyms *Saccolabium leucanthum Schltr. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidacee fo German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide