Plant Size and Type
A 10-20 in. (25-50 cm) sympodial epiphyte.
8-16 in. (20-40 cm) long. The stemlike pseudobulbs, which consist of many nodes, are yellowish with brown rings. They become furrowed with age. The erect or pendulous stems arise from a very short rhizome.
6-8 per growth. The narrow, pointed leaves are 1.6-3.2 in. (4-8 cm) long, thin but tough, rich glossy green, and deciduous.
Short. The densely clustered flowers emerge from the nodes along the stem. The large floral bracts are an easily distinguished characteristic.
3-10 per inflorescence. The blossoms, which are 0.5-1.0 in. (1.3-2.5 cm) long, do not open fully. They are fragrant, extremely long-lasting, and stay in perfect condition for 5-6 months. Sepals and petals may be white, greenish, yellow, rose, pink, purple, or dark red. Regardless of sepal and petal color, the pointed lip is always red- to yellow-orange, though it may be flushed with pale violet. Flower size and color are variable.
New Guinea. In Papua, plants were found near Port Praslin and Punam on New Ireland (New Mecklenburg) Island at about 1650 ft. (500 m), on Rossel Island, in the Sepik River region near Aitape (Eitape) at 50-1300 ft. (20-400 m), and along the coast of northwestern Papua New Guinea at about 50 ft. (20 m). In Irian Jaya (western New Guinea), the plants grow in swamps along the Noord River. They usually grow on forest trees or close to the ground on mangroves in lowland rainforests from sea level to 2300 ft. (0-700 m), but they have been reported as high as 3950 ft. (1200 m).