Chelonistele unguiculata Carr 1935

Photo courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel, André Schuiteman, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

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Full shade Cool Spring Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Clawed Chelonistele

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Brunei and Sarawak Borneo in moss forests at elevations of 1100 to 1400 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, longitudinally sulcate pseudobulbs carrying, a single, apical, erect, ovate to obovate-oblong, acuminate, coriaceous, plicate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a proteranthous, 4 to 8 flowered, erect, 5.2" [13 cm] long, racemose inflorescence.

Synonyms Coelogyne unguiculata (Carr) Masam. 1942

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