Thrixspermum platystachys (F.M. Bailey) Schltr. 1911 SECTION Thrixspermum Photo courtesy of Javier Cubero

TYPE Drawing of T neohibernicum Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Broad Inflorescence Thrixspermum - In Australia The Stary Hairseed

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

A miniature to small sized, hot growing, lowland monopodial epiphyte from Queensland Australia to Papua and New Guinea in lowland forests at elevations of 10 to 460 meters with a short, slightly flattened, leafy stem enveloped completely by tighly clasping leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying erect-patent to patent, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, ligulate, shortly & unequally bilobulate apically, somewhat narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on an inflorescence that has 2 to 3 short lived flowers at the apex of the zigzag rachis that occurs over many months.

I am not certain that the photo determination is correct, I await further references. The Type drawing of T neohiberniucum is absolutely correct.

Synonyms *Sarcochilus platystachys F.M. Bailey 1886; Thrixspermum neohibernicum Schltr. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 as T neohibernicum drawing ok; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo hmm; Die Orchideen lieferung 22 Schlechter/Brieger 1989; Die Orchideen lieferung 22 Schlechter/Brieger 1989 as T neo-hibernicum; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing/ photo not; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V 2008

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