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This genus is accepted, and its native range is New Guinea.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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Distribution

Ophioglossella is monospecific from New Guinea.

Ecology

The species is epiphytic in forests from 800 to 2300 m.

General Description

Epiphytic herbs. Roots terete, not branching, glabrous, smooth. Stem pendent, rooting at base. Leaves 3–5, conduplicate, articulate, distichous, elliptic to linear-elliptic, subfalcate, twisted at base so as to lie in one plane with stem, margins denticulate near the unequally bidentate apex. Inflorescence lateral, solitary, racemose, many-flowered; peduncle elongate, patent; rachis continuing the line of the peduncle, flexuose, angular. Flowers resupinate, about 1.5 cm wide, longevity unknown, opening a few at a time, quaquaversal, light purple, with orange-yellow and deeper purple markings on labellum. Sepals entire, free, elliptic or obliquely ovate, obtuse. Petals narrower than sepals, obovate-oblong. Labellum hinged with apex of column foot, not spurred, concave, trilobed, with two parallel calli in centre of labellum between lateral lobes, midlobe elliptic, with a raised crest along median, the midlobe connected to lateral lobes by a pair of lamellae, one on each side of central crest. Column curved, dilated apically, column foot distinct, about half as long as column; anther helmet-shaped, long-rostrate, pollinia four, separate, obliquely ovoid, stipe longer than pollinia, narrowly obovate-oblong; rostellum elongate, bifurcate at apex after removal of pollinarium.

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Use

No uses have been reported for Ophioglossella; it is not known to be in cultivation.

Native to:

New Guinea

Ophioglossella Schuit. & Ormerod appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Kew Bull. 53: 742 (1998)

Accepted by

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

Aeridinae: e-monocot.org
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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