Ceratostylis himalaica Hook.f. 1890

Plant and flowers

Photos by © Milan Vágner

Flower in situ Thailand?

Plant and Flowers in Situ Thailand ?

Photos by © David Kuehn

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Common Name The Himalayan Ceratostylis - In China Cha Zhi Niu Jiao Lan

Flower Size .33" [.9 cm]

Found in Assam, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam and Yunnan province of China in sparse woods on trees or rocks at elevations of 225 to 1900 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a pendant, branched stem enveloped by imbricate, scarious sheaths and giving rise to a single, fleshy, linear-oblong, obliquely notched apically, acute, shortly petiolate leaf that blooms in the late spring on a subcapitate, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Ceratostylis ritaia Schltr. 1922; Eria ramosissima Wall. ex Hkr. 1890; Ritaia himalaica (Hook.f.) King & Pantl. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1892 drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Ritaia himalaica drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 photo ok; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; The Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen & Mori 1997; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing/photo fide; ; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 drawing fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide to photos by David Kuehn; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Turczaninowia 16(4):26-46 NEW AND RARE ORCHIDS (ORCHIDACEAE) IN THE FLORA OF CAMBODIA AND LAOS Averyanov 2013 ; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;