Claderia papuana Schltr. 1911 SECTION Coriifolia Rchb.f

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

Part Shade Hot Spring

Common Name The Papua Claderia

Flower Size .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm] long

Found in New Guinea at elevations of 170 to 250 meters as a medium sized, hot growing terrestrial with an elongate rhizome giving rise to distant, basally few leaved, terete stems carrying 3 to 4, lanceolate-elliptic, acuminate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a many branched, congested, densely and shortly puberulent rachis to 1.2" [3 cm] long, with patent, broadly ovate, obtuse, densely puberulent floral bracts.

Schlechter states that C viridiflora is similar but C papuana differs in the much broader petals, the different, broad lip structure, and its very bent column. He also states that the flowers are greenish-white with green veins and a brownish white lip with olive green veins and pure white keels.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984