Monday, January 3, 2011

Mediocalcar versteegii 'Mountainside'

This very unusual species is from New Guinea.  Its rambling growths are about 9-10 cm tall and produce small but brightly colored flowers a little less than 1 cm in size.  It is part of genus of about 20 species native to New Guinea and growing at high altitudes in the cloud forests.  The name Mediocalcar refers to a spur on the tiny lip which is mostly hidden inside the flower, and versteegii is after the name of a Dutch explorer of the 1800's.


  1. Thanks for taking the time to look and comment, Duane. Have you seen the related species, M. decoratum?