Flickingeria rhipidoloba (Schltr.) A.D. Hawkes 1965 SECTION Bilobulatae

Side View of Flower Photos by Dr Ed de Vogel and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

Common Name The Bellows-Shaped Lobe Flickingeria

Flower Size 3/4" [1.9cm]

Found from Australia to New Guinea as a lowland, hot growing epiphyte of rainforests and rocky cliff faces and in scattered trees in the savannah at elevations of sea-level to 500 meters with single flowers that appear at the base of the leaf's connection to the pseudobulb and arising from a triangular to lanceolate brown bract and occuring at most any time of the year. It is a difficult species to move as the root growth is very slow and it takes a long time to establish.

Synonyms *Dendrobium rhipidolobum Schltr. 1901; Desmotrichum fimbriatum Kraenzl. ? ; Desmotrichum rhipidolobum (Schltr.) A.D. Hawkes 1957; Ephemerantha rhipidiloba (Schltr.) P.F. Hunt & Summerh. 1961

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85 as *Dendrobium rhipidolobum Schltr. 1901 drawing good; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 as Ephemerantha rhipidolobium photo ok; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Flickingeria Bind 34 NR 1 Seidenfaden 1980; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol II Shuiteman and de Vogel 2002; Dendrobium and its Relatives Lavarack, Harris and Stocker 2006 photo ok