Agrostophyllum spicatum Schltr. 1905 SECTION Dolichodesme


Plant Photos courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel, André Schuiteman, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Part Shade Hot Cool Winter Spring

Common Name The Spiked Agrostophyllum

Flower Size 1/8" [3mm]

Found in New Guinea in shady montane forests at elevations of 450 to 1700 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with erect to pendulous, flattened stems enveloped in the basal third by inflated, loose to adpressed leaf sheaths and then leafy the middle third and many noded with evanescent sheaths that becomes fibery in time in the upper third, the leafy part with erect-patent, ovate-lanceolate, to linear-lanceolate, gradually narrowing to an acute or obtuse, equally bilobed or bidentate, sometimes with a mucro, basally twisted all in one plane leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on many very short, single flowered inflorescence arising from beneath the many fibery leafless sheaths at the upper third of the stem one to each node junction.

Schlechter states that the flowers are white with a golden yellow spot at the base of the labellum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2005