Cheirostylis spathulata J.J. Smith, 1927

Photo by Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Orchid Website

Another Flower Angle


Inflorescence and New Growth

Photos by David Jubineau

Common Name The Sheathed Cheirostylis

Flower Size .6 to .65" [1.5 to 1.7 cm] long

Found in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Java and Borneo on limestone in lowland seasonal evergreen forests and tropical rainforests at elevations of 50 to 800 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with 4 to 6, basal, pale gray-green with dark gray green nerves, narrowly ovate to ovate, acute, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, tomentose, 4.8 to 6.4" [12 to 16 cm] long, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence

Cheirostylis didymachantha is often given as as synonym of C spathulata and most likely is but I have left them separate for now as the differences to me seem warranted for separation.

Synonyms Cheirostylis grandiflora sensu Gagnepain 1934 non Bl.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as C sp TS 2508 drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 32 nr 2 Orchids of Thailand VI Neottiideae Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 4 2003 drawing fide/photo not; Orchids of Vietnam, Illustrated survey, part 1 Averyanov 2008; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing fide; Turczaninowia 2011, 14(2) : 15100 Averyanov 2011; Turczaninowia 16(4):26-46 NEW AND RARE ORCHIDS (ORCHIDACEAE) IN THE FLORA OF CAMBODIA AND LAOS Averyanov 2013 photo fide