Chelonistele richardsii Carr 1935

Photo byDr. E.F. de Vogel, courtesy ofAndré Schuiteman, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Full shade Cool Spring

Common Name or Meaning Richard's Chelonistele

Flower Size

Found on the borders of Brunei and Sarawak, Borneo in lower montane mossy ridge forests at elevations of 1500 to 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with basally swollen, longitudinally sulcate pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, plicate, obovate-oblong to obovate-lanceolate, acuminate, stiff, 3 to 5 nerved, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a synanthous, flexuous, to 11" [22.5 cm] long, pendulous, to 12 flowered, racemose inflorescence

Synonyms *Coelogyne richardsii (Carr) Masam. 1942

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 1 De Vogel 1986; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #10 2010 photo fide;