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

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Distribution

The four species of Drymoanthus are collectively distributed in Australia, New Caledonia, and New Zealand.

Ecology

All species are epiphytes at 0 to 800 m. Drymoanthus adversus (Hook.f.) Dockrill is epiphytic on tree trunks and on shaded rocks in moist gullies in New Zealand. Drymonanthus minimus (Schltr.) Garay is epiphytic on trees in open forest and scrub at 0–800 m in New Caledonia. Drymoanthus minutus occurs in northern Queensland, Australia, as an epiphyte on trees and shrubs in rain forest, especially overhanging watercourses, at 100–880 m.

General Description

Epiphytic or lithophytic herbs. Stem up to 4 cm long. Leaves distichous, oblong or elliptic, sometimes falcate, acute. Inflorescence racemose, few-flowered. Flowers greenish, greenish white or yellow, often marked with red or purple, lasting at least two days. Sepals and petals subequal, not opening widely. Labellum attached broadly at an acute angle to base of column, cymbiform, or deeply concave, fleshy and thick-walled, entire, ecalcarate, ecallose. Column with tooth-like apical appendages, foot absent; anther cap with a porrect beak, pollinia four, in two closely appressed unequal pairs, stipe at least as long as a pollinium, narrow; rostellum porrect.

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Use

No uses have been reported for Drymoanthus; it is rare in cultivation.

Native to:

Chatham Is., New Caledonia, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Queensland

Drymoanthus Nicholls appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Vict. Naturalist 59: 173 (1943)

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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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