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Dipodium pictum (Lindl.) Rchb.f.

Slender Vine
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Reichenbach, H.G. (1865) Xenia Orchidacea 2: 15.

Common name



A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm.


Leaves closely spaced on the 'stem', the bases overlapping and all of the leaves arranged in one plane. Leaf blades linear, about 30-40 x 2-3 cm, petioles absent. Venation longitudinal and parallel with three to five veins more prominent than the rest.


Flowers about 5 cm diam., pedicels about 3-4 cm long. Tepals obovate, about 27-30 x 7-8 mm, with maroon spots on the outer surface. Staminal filaments forming a column which envelopes the style. Stigma lateral on the staminal column, stigma cupped and sticky.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 600 m. Grows in or near lowland and upland rain forest. Also occurs in New Guinea and other parts of Malesia.

Wailesia picta Lindley, J. Hort. Soc. London 4: 262(1849), Type: Cult. ex Java, Lobbs s.n.; holo: K-L; iso: K, W. Dipodium pandanum F.M.Bailey, Queensland Agric. J. 6: 287(1900), Type: New Guinea, near Samarai, W. E. Armit s.n.; holo: BRI.
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