Cleisostoma sororium (J.J.Sm.) Garay 1972 SECTION Cleisostoma

Different color Form

Drawing of Flowers and Inflorescence

Plant and Flowers Photo 1st JB Comber all others Drawing and photos by Peter O'Byrne the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Rernz Herbaria Website.

Part Shade LATER Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Closely Related Cleisostoma

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in the Molucca Islands in montane forests at elevations of 900 to 1550 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or on limestone boulders as a lithophyte with a spreading, slightly compressed stem carrying horizontally spreading, strap-shaped, unequally bilobed apically, rounded lobes, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the later winter and early spring on a lateral, opposite the leaf in mid stem, horizontally spreading, to 14" [35 cm] long, paniculate, 4 to 7 branched, often with secondary branches, with the main branch being 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, with up to successively 30 flowered inflroescence with only 2 to 5 flowers open at any one time.

Synonyms *Sarcanthus sororius J.J.Sm. 1917

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Malesian Orchid Jopurnal Vol 7 2011 drawing/photo fide

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