Ceratostylis platychila Schltr. 1905 SECTION Ceratostylis Photo by © Rogier Van Vugt and his P Base Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers Photo by Dr. E.F. de Vogel, courtesy of André Schuiteman, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Part shade WarmCool LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Broad Lipped Ceratostylis

Flower Size /6" [1.5 cm]

Found only in Papua New Guinea in lower montane forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with tubular, slender, glabrous stems basally enveloped by emarcescent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, terete, acute leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on very short, single flowered inflorescence holding the flower at the apex of the leaf.

Schlechter states that the flowers are pure white.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 drawing good; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006