Chelonistele amplissima (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Carr 1935

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Takato NATSU from Japan and his Japan Orchids Page

Common Name The Wide Chelonistele

Flower Size 1.85" [4.6 cm]

Found in Borneo in hill, lower montane, heath and elfin forests at elevations of 800 to 2300 meters as a medium to just large sized warm to cold growing epiphyte with swollen, ovoid, smooth, longitudinally grooved pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong to lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, acute, acuminate, subcoriaceous to coriaceous, plicate, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on a 26" [65 cm] long, 4 to 11 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Chelonistele amplissima var. schweinfurthiana (J.J.Sm.) J.J.Wood 1984; *Coelogyne amplissima Ames & C.Schweinf. 1920; Coelogyne amplissima var. schweinfurthiana J.J.Sm. 1931

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 6 Ames 1920 as Coelogyne amplissima ; Orchid Monographs 1 De Vogel 1986 drawing/photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman & Wood etal 2001 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011