Chelonistele ramentacea J.J.Wood 1984

Drawing Drawing by de Vogel


Common Name The Thin Scaled Chelonistele

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Sarawak Borneo at elevations around 1330 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with rather basally swollen, longitudinally wrinkled, ovate, pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, obovate-oblong, to obovate-lanceolate, acuminate, stiff, 3 to 5 main nerved, midrib prominent below, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that flowers in the late spring on a synanthous, more or less flexuous, rachis probably pendent, 5.8" [14.5 cm] long, to 12 flowered inflorescence carrying rather closed, somewhat fleshy flowers with the tepals green, the lip white with 2 brown ridges in front of these with a yellow patch, brown marks at the base of the lobes of the lip and the hood of the column is purple.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI Orchid Monographs Vol 1 de Vogel 1986 drawing fide;