Hetaeria rhombipetala Ormerod & J.J.Wood 2011

TYPE Drawing by Linda Gurr

Common Name The Rhombic Petal Hetaeria

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Sabah Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations around 2100 to 2300 meters as a small to medium sized [including the inflorescence], cold growing terrestrial with an elonate, creeping, fleshy rhizome giving rise to an erect, slender stem carrying 2 to 4, basally grouped, obliquely narrowly elliptic, acute, thin textured, petiolate below into the clasping shething base leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, peduncle 6.4 to 12.8" [16 to 32 cm] long, sparsely hirsute, provided with narrowly triangular elliptic, acute to acuminate, glabrous bracts, rachis 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, spaarsely hirsute, subdenselly many flowered inflorescence with ovate-elliptic, acuminate, glabrous, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying slightly opening, greenish white flowers.

"Similar to H elata and H hylophiloides but is distinguished from them both by the broad, asymetrically rhombic petals and the lip which has a rather reduced retrorse flap at the base of the mid-lobe which is mostly fused to the lip surface." J J Wood & Ormerod


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo fide