!Ceratocentron fesselii Senghas 1989

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by H&R Nursery

Flower Closeup

Photo by Milan Vagner

Orange Cultivar

Photo by Andy's Orchids

Common Name Fessel's Ceratocentron [Taxomonist and Botanist from Germany current]

Flower Size .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm]

Found in Luzon, central Philippines in exposed situations in lower montane forests on tree trunks at 1000 to 1200 meters in elevation as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, monopodial epiphyte This species has an erect, monopodial growth habit with 3 to 5, very leathery, dark green, elliptic, obtuse leaves that are basally conduplicate and clasping the stem that blooms in the winter on an axillary, erect, short, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, 2 to 5 flowered, often with more than one inflorescence per leaf axil.

This species needs to be mounted on cork or treefern yet kept moist at all times and given a bit more shade than Vandas.

Synonyms Hymenorchis javierii ?[ not listed anywhere but in Miniature Orchids McQueen 1992]; Tuberolabium calcaratum T.Hashim. 1991

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 5 1994 drawing fide; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Miniature Orchids McQueen 1992 as Hymenorchis javierii; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 3 2001 photo; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 4 2005 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #2 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2007 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 no 11 2008 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 2 2008 photo; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide