Ceratostylis scariosa Ridl. 1923 SECTION Pleuranthermum

TYPE Drawing by J J Smith

Part shadeWarm

Common Name The Succulent Ceratostylis [refers to the thick fleshy leaf]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm] long,

Found in western Sumatra at elevations around 610 meters as a cool growing epiphyte with a long and pendulous, branchong rhizome giving rise to very short, widely spaced stems carrying a single, lanceolate, semi-terete, narrowing towards the apex, obliquely obtuse, shortly narrowing towards the base, thickly fleshy, , narrowly channeled above, shiny green, leaf that blooms on numerous, peduncles, .04" [1 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with fascile bracts almost envelop the white flower.

J J Smith originally thought that this species was a variety of C pendula but later found that it differed in the closer set pseudobulbs, the smaller, thick, fleshy, succulent-like, semi-terete, narrower sepals and the lip blade is narrowed and thickened in the apical half. leaf


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 3, 9: 151 J J Smith 1927; REINWARDTIA Vol 1 Donk & Steenis 1950 drawing fide; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001;