Mediocalcar versteegii J.J. Sm. 1908 SECTION Eu-Mediocalcar

Plant in Bloom Photos by Dale and Deni Borders.

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Common Name Versteeg's Mediocalcar [Dutch Explorer 1800's]

Flower Size 1/4" [8.5mm]

Found in Papua and New Guinea at altitudes of 800 to 2000 meters and requires moderate shade as a miniature sized, mat-forming, warm to cool growing epiphytic species with an elongate, terete rhizome giving rise to a cylindrical pseudobulb that is connate to the rhizome and carries a single, apical, ligulate, obtuse leaf that blooms in the late winter on a very short, terete, glabrous, single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Eria versteegii (J.J.Sm.) Kraenzl. 1911; Mediocalcar abbreviatum Schltr. 1911; Mediocalcar angustifolium Schltr. 1911; Mediocalcar cluniforme J.J.Sm. 1915; Mediocalcar doctersii J.J.Sm. 1935; Mediocalcar lawesii Schltr. 1911; Mediocalcar seranicum J.J.Sm. 1928; Mediocalcar versteegii subsp. amphigeneum Schuit. 1997; Mediocalcar versteegii subsp. intermedium Schuit. 1997; Mediocalcar versteegii subsp. vulcanicum Schuit. 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1985 drawings as Mediocalcar abbreviatum Schltr. 1911, Mediocalcar angustifolium Schltr. 1911 and Mediocalcar lawesii Schltr. 1911; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol IV Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006

Mediocalcar versteegii subsp. intermedium Schuit. 1997

Flower Closeup

Flower Side View

Front Flower Closeup

A variety that differs in having a shorter spur and has less prominent bud displacement.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol IV Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006

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