Cleisostoma capricorne [Ridley]Garay 1972 SECTION Complicatum Seiden. 1975 Photo by Gary Yong Gee and his Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower? not! Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Goat-Horned Cleisostoma [refers to the strongly recurved leaves, a diagnostic character]

Flower Size 3/8" [8 mm]

A small sized, monopodial, hot to warm growing epiphyte occuring in Thailand and Myanmar on karst limestone hills at elevations around 550 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte on stunted trees or as a lithophyte on the limestone beneath with a freely branching stem enveloped by imbricating old leaf sheaths carrying towards the apex, distichous, terete, strongly recurved [goat horn like], basally grooved leaves that blooms in the summer on an axillary, horizontal to suberect, unbranched, [21 to 55 cm] long, to 20 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute floral bracts and up to 5 flowers open at any one time.

The leaf shape [crucial] cannot be seen and the flower photo is not good enough for exact determination but this represents the closest I can find to the real C capricorne. I await more photos to be certain.

Synonyms *Ascochilus capricornis Ridl. 1920; Raciborskanthos capricornis (Ridl.) Szlach. 1995; Sarcanthus capricornis (Ridl.) Holttum 1947; Sarcochilus capricornis hort. ?

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as Sarcanthus capricorne drawing good; Orchid Genera in Thailand Cleisostoma Seidenfaden 1975; Die Orchideen lieferung 21 Schlechter/Brieger 1989; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing good; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 9 2012 photo drawing good


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