Pterostylis papuana Rolfe 1899

Side View in situ New Guinea

Plant and Flower in situ New Guinea Photos © by Paul Noben

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower Photos courtesy of © Dr. E.F. de Vogel, and André Schuiteman and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Common Name The Papua Pterostylis

Flower Size 2" [5 cm] tall

Found in the Moluccas, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in montane and subalpine forests at elevations of 750 to 3470 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial [mostly] and occasional epiphyte high on mossy tree ferns with globose, dark brown, glabrous tubers giving rise to a basal rosette of ovate-oblong, subacute, abruptly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, single flowered inflorescence with a lanceolate, acute, concave floral bract.

Synonyms Pterostylis arafakensis [J.J.Sm.] D.L.Jones 2002; Pterostylis braemii H.Mohr 1990; Pterostylis novoguineensis Ridl. 1916; Pterostylis papuana var arafakensis J.J.Sm. 1917

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea P. Van Royen 1979 photo good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 41 2001 as P braemii; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana: Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 4 2007 photo; Orchids of New Guinea Vol 5 Schuiteman & D de Vogel 2008

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