Ceratostylis retisquama Rchb.f 1857 SECTION Pleuranthemum

Photo by Edwin Wittmann

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Common Name The scientific name refers to the scale-like bracts on the rhizome

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the Philippines at elevations up to 500 meters as a nice, small sized, warm to hot growing epiphytic plant with a terete pseudobulb and carrying a tough, linear-falcate leaf, it flowers arise from the dry, brown sheaths at the base of the pseudobulb, and grows into dense mats. This orchid is freeflowering in almost all seasons with a solitary or pair of, short-lived flowers arising on a short stalk on a new growth at the base of a pseudobulb.

It may be mounted in a wood slat basket or on cork and is an easy plant to grow.

Synonyms Ceratostylis latipetala Ames 1910; Ceratostylis rubra Ames 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C rubra; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980 as C rubra; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 2 Quisumbing 1981 as C rubra photo good; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 as C latipetala; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 as C rubra; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 3 1987 drawing fide; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001 as C rubraphoto good; A to Z of SE Asian Orchid Species O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #3 2019 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #2 2020 photo fide