Ceratostylis himalaica Hook.f. 1890

Plant and flowers Photos by © Milan Vágner

Flower in situ Thailand?

Plant and Flowers in Situ Thailand ? Photos by © David Kuehn

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Common Name The Himalayan Ceratostylis - In China Cha Zhi Niu Jiao Lan

Flower Size .33" [.9 cm]

Found in Assam, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam and Yunnan China in sparse woods on trees or rocks at elevations of 225 to 1900 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a pendant, branched stem enveloped by imbricate, scarious sheaths and giving rise to a single, fleshy, linear-oblong, obliquely notched apically, acute, shortly petiolate leaf that blooms in the late spring on a subcapitate, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Ceratostylis ritaia Schltr. 1922; Eria ramosissima Wall. ex Hkr. 1890; Ritaia himalaica (Hook.f.) King & Pantl. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1892 drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Ritaia himalaica drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 photo ok; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; The Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen & Mori 1997; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 drawing fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide to photos by David Kuehn; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;