Taeniophyllum aff. lobatum
||This leafless ephiphyte grows along creeks in rainforests
around Brisbane. It does not match any known described orchid for south
east Queensland but is quite similar to Taeniophyllum lobatum and
||This orchid has no leaves but has numerous round or
semiflattend roots to 60mm long with numerous aerial roots. The flower
stems are to 25mm long and echinate (covered in tiny white 'hairs'). This
orchid has multiple sequentially opening flowers with large bracts giving
the flower stem a distinctive zig-zag appearance.
||The fleshy flower is yellow green about 4mm long with a 2mm
spur which expands to the point of exploding.
The only other orchid in south east Queensland similar to this orchid is Taeniophyllum
muelleri. This orchid can be easily separated from T. muelleri as
T. muelleri is much smaller, doesn't have aerial roots, the flower stem
is not echinate (white 'hairs') and doesn't have large bracts.
This orchid was
first found in late 2008 and initial flower dissections show characteristics of Taeniophyllum lobatum
(found in the Paluma range just north of Townsville) and Taeniophyllum
flavum (found around Cairns). There is some confusion over the status of
these two northern species and some consider these a a single variable species
while others consider these two distinct species. It will probably take
considerable time for the experts to agree on whether this orchid is a new
species or a southern form of one or both of the northern species.