Plocoglottis kaniensis Schltr. 1912 SECTION Phyllocaulos

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Warm Cool Summer

Common Name The Kani Range Plocoglottis

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in New Guinea in humus of montane forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to terete, strict stems carrying 5 or so, 5 nerved, elliptic, acuminate, cuneate below into the short petiolate base leaves that blooms in the early summer on a strict to substrict, terete, subglabrous below to pubescent above, to 20" [50 cm] long overall, few bracted, rachis to 4" [10 cm] long, subdensely several flowered inflorescence with densely pubescent, lanceolate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the sepals are brown on the outside, yellow brown inside, the petals are yellow with a few brown spots basally and the lip is white with 2 small red spots. Schlechter states that what was known as P papuana has flowers that are yeloow spotted with red on the inside, the lip has 2 round, red spots below the middle and the yellowish column has red transverse lines on the front.

Synonyms Plocoglottis papuana Schltr. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 as Plocoglottis papuana drawing fide