Pomatocalpa armigerum (King & Pantl.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951 Photo by R Pantling and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part sun Hot LATESummer EARLYFall

Common Name The Guarded Pomatocalpa [refers to the calli the guards the entrance to the spur]

Flower Size .22 to .24" [6 to 7 mm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas in tropical valleys at elevations of 300 to 500 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with a rigid, erect, stem carrying distichous, fleshy, semi-terete, irregularily ridged, acute, sessile, jointed leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an extra axillary, subcapitate, densely many flowered inflorescence with overlapping, avate-lanceolate, apiculate bracts

Synonyms *Cleisostoma armigera King & Pantl. 1896; Sarcanthus armiger (King & Pantl.) J.J.Sm. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Cleisostoma armigera drawing fide; Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002

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