Chiloschista phyllorhiza (F.Muell.) Schltr. 1921 Photo by Gary Yong Gee and his Australian Orchids Website

Common Name The Leaf-Like Root Chiloschista - In Australia The White Starfish Orchid

Flower Size .4 to .56" [1 to 1.4 cm]

Found in Java and Queensland Australia in swamps, on mangroves and at rainforest edges and on sheltered ridges and slopes at elevations of sealevel to 200 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot growing epiphtye with numerous, radiating, flattened, grey green to dark green, roughened roots that blooms in the spring through summer on a thin, rigid, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence holding the fragrant flowers in spasmodic groups.

Synonyms Pteroceras javanicum (J.J.Sm.) Bakh.f. 1963; *Sarcochilus phyllorhizus F.Muell. 1866; Sarcochilus phyllorhizus f. javanicus J.J.Sm. 1939; Thrixspermum phyllorhizum (F.Muell.) Rchb.f. 1871

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo good; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide