Distribution of Pomatocalpa Spicata Breda (Orchidaceae) within and among Host Trees in Manusela National Park, Seram, Maluku Archipelago, Indonesia


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Mursidawati, S., Norton, D. A., & Astuti, I. P. (1999). Distribution of Pomatocalpa Spicata Breda (Orchidaceae) within and among Host Trees in Manusela National Park, Seram, Maluku Archipelago, Indonesia. Selbyana, 20(1), 116–119. Retrieved from https://ojs.test.flvc.org/selbyana/article/view/120454


This note presents the results of a preliminary study of epiphytic orchid distribution within lowland rain forest in Manusela National Park. Pomatocalpa spicata, the most common orchid in the study area, was recorded on 20/34 trees. Another 17 orchid species were recorded growing on one or two host trees. Pomatocalpa spicata was collected from seven host tree species, the most common being Myristica succadaena and Syzygium sp., with the Myristicaceae and Myrtaceae the most common families. Pomatocalpa spicata appeared to be primarily an epiphyte of host tree trunks and the lower third of the canopy. It was found most commonly growing on host tree bark as opposed to humus sites.


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