Thrixspermum lingiae P.O'Byrne & Gokusing 2016 SECTION Dendrocolla

TYPE Drawing by Peter O'Byrne

Common Name Ling's Thrixspermum [Chea Yiing Ling - Sarawakan co-collector of type current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Sabah and Sarawak Borneo in primary forests on thinly mossy small to medium sized riverside trees at elevations of 500 to 570 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with spreading stems enveloped by compressed, green, red or purple, loose towards the apex, persistent, longer than the internodes sheaths and carrying distichous, strap-shaped to narrowly elliptic, often falcate, tapering at both ends, green, red or maroon, usually heavily suffused with purple constricted before the acute, unequally bilobed leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on lateral, arising from the nodes beneath the leaves, peduncle .68 to 1.16" [1.7 to 2.9 cm] long, provided with 2 basal bracts, rachis slightly swollen, to 1.6" [4 cm] or more, slightly fractiflex, green to reddish purple, successively 1 to 2, several flowered inflorescence with quaquaversal, basally clasping rachis, ovate-triangular, red to brown, rather cupped free part, keeled, keel exceeding ther obtuse apex as a short point, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying ephemeral, fleshy flowers.

Similar to T integrum but T lingiae differs in having distant non-acerose bracts and a trilobed lip with a single deeply bilobed callus at the base of the glabropus midlobe. . .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 18 2016 drawing/photo fide;