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This genus is accepted, and its native range is NE. Australia.

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Distribution

Mobilabium is monospecific and endemic to northeastern tropical Australia.

Ecology

The species is epiphytic on rain forest trees on the plateaux at 500–1300 m. It is locally common along streams, roads, fences, and relictual trees, sometimes in exposed situations, where it is pendent and attached by a few roots.

General Description

Epiphytic herbs. Stem 3–60 cm long, erect or straggling, branching when long. Leaves 3–12 or more, widely spaced, oblong, apex acute, usually uncinate, margins often decurved, stiff, coriaceous, yellow-green. Inflorescence 2–6 cm long, racemose, 5–15-flowered; peduncle usually shorter than rachis. Flowers 5–7 mm wide, remaining open for over two days, not opening widely, cream, pale green or brownish with purple or red markings on labellum and column. Sepals concave. Petals subfalcate, slightly shorter and narrower than sepals. Labellum hinged to and hanging from upturned apex of column foot so that the disc is vertical, side lobes vertical, well developed, suboblong, acute, proximal halves of front margins strongly incurved; disc thick and fleshy, with a prominent, upwardly directed, transverse septum with a cavity on top, the cavity containing a sticky substance; spur subovoid or cylindrical. Column slightly curved and projected forward over labellum, foot at a right angle to column proper, apex uncinate; anther cap with a slightly upturned beak, pollinia four, in two closely appressed pairs on short caudicles attached to a short stipe, viscidium pyriform; stigma quadrate or circular; rostellum decurved, bifid.

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Use

No uses have been reported for Mobilabium; it is occasionally cultivated.

Native to:

Queensland

Mobilabium Rupp appears in other Kew resources:

First published in N. Queensland Naturalist 13(78): 2 (1946)

Accepted by

  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2014). Genera Orchidacearum 6: 1-544. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Aeridinae: e-monocot.org
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0