Cheirostylis monteiroi S.Y.Hu & Barretto 1976

Plant and Flower in situ Hong Kong

Photos by Kuno Mejina and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name Montiero's Cheirostylis [Orchid Enthusiast and Collector of type species current] - In China Jian Yao Cha Zhu - Montiero's Caterpillar Orchid

Flower Size .28" long [7 mm] long

Found in Hong Kong China in humus in shade on damp mossy boulders close to streams at elevations of 300 to 400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing terrestrial, with a fleshy, 4 to 6 internoded, narrowed at each end, swollen medially rhizome giving rise to 2 to 3, withered at blooming, ovate, acute to acuminate, glabrous, dark greenwith darker veins, subcordate below into the purple green petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later winter and early spring on a terminal, slender, peduncle 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, with 3 to 7, sterile, basal bracts, hairy glandular, 2.8 to 3.6" [7 to 9 cm] long, 2 to 8 flowered inflorescence with cymbiform, lanceolate pink to straw colored floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven and Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven and Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide;