Gunnarella robertsii [Schlechter] Senghas 1988

Plant and FlowersPhotos by Rogier Van Vugt and his P-Base Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch. Photo By Neville Howcroft Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved. And his Papua & New Guinea Orchid Species site

Common Name Roberts' Gunnarella [Collector of the original species 1900's]

Flower Size 1/4" [5 mm]

A miniature sized, hot growing, monopodial epiphyte found in Papua and New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu in riverine rainforests at elevations of sealevel to 200 meters in mangrove swamps, coastal forests, rainforests, and savannahs on twigs of trees in the uppermost part of the canopy in bright light with 4 to 8, erect, falcate-linear, oblique to subacute, bilobed apically leaves that blooms at any time of the year on a basal, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, pendulous, fractiflex, many [25] flowered, racemose inflorescence with sporadic or simultaneously opening, delicate, fragrant flowers that last for only one day.

Synonyms Chamaeanthus laxus Schltr. 1913; Chamaeanthus robertsii (Schltr.) Schltr. 1913; Gunnarella laxus (Schltr.) Senghas 1988; *Sarcochilus robertsii Schltr. 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/1985 as Chamaeanthus laxus Schltr. 1913 drawing good; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Chaemaeanthus robertsii; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 as Chaemanthus robertsii drawing hmm; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing/photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2005