Ceratostylis trinodis J.J.Sm. 1911

TYPE Drawing by J J Smith

Part shade

Common Name The Three Noded Ceratostylis

Flower Size .18" [4.5 mm]

Found in west Sumatra without elevational data as a mini-miniature to miniature sized epiphyte with an erect, freely branching, short rhizome giving rise to close set, numerous, 3 noded, ellip[tic in cross-section, shiny green pseudobulbs carrying a single, erct, apical, narrowly lanceolate, shortly acuminate, fleshy, grooved and shiny green above, paler and opaque beneath, thin, distinct petiolate base leaf that blooms on sparsely hairy, .28 to .36" [7 yo 9 mm] long, subtended by numerous, tubular, acute, scales, single flowered inflorescence carrying flower that are sparsely hairy on the backs of the sepals and the petals are reddish.

J J Smith puts this species close to C lancifolia but it is considerably larger.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 45: 14 J J Smith 1911; REINWARDTIA Vol 1 Donk & Steenis 1950 drawing fide; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001;