Cleistes stricta (C.Schweinf.) Garay & Dunst. 1972 Drawing by Garay & Dunsterville and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Rigid Cleistes

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in southern and southwestern Venezuela in rather boggy soils at elevation around 2000 to 2300 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a erect, villous below, glabrous above, shortly branching above stem carrying small distant sheaths and no leaves that blooms on a terminal and on the branches, erect, 1 to ccasionally 2 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Pogonia stricta C.Schweinf. 1951

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Fieldiana, Bot. 28(1): 167 Schweinf. 1951 as Pogonia stricta; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Primera parte Foldats 1969 as Pogonia stricta drawing ok; *Venez. Orchids Ill. 5: 54 Garay & Dunst. 1972 Drawing fide

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