Ceratostylis lateralis Schltr. 1911

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Cold

Common Name The Lateral Ceratostylis [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .44" [1.1 cm]

Found in western Sumatra in montane forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a pendent rhizome with .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] between each cylindrical pseudobulb carrying oblanceolate to strap shaped, more or less obtuse, unequally bilobed, gradually narrowing below, glabrous, fleshy, broadest above the middle leaves that blooms on thin, hairy, arising periodically from the bundles of bracts, .08 to .092" [2 to 2.3 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence and carrying large for the genus, white flowers.

Similar to C grandiflora but the leaves and flowers are much larger and the lip has no raised crests.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001 drawing fide;