Cleistes caloptera Rchb.f. & Warm. 1881 C metallina Group Photo By © Joćo Steck

Part sun Cool ColdLATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Beautiful Winged Cleistes

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Minas Gerais and Brazilia DF states of Brazil as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with an erect stem enveloped in the lower part by scale-like, well spaced sheaths and in the upper part by 5 to 6, ligular-lanceolate, erect, apically acute, basally ampexicaul leaves that blooms in the fall on an axillary or terminal, short successively 2 to 3, several flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Pogonia caloptera Rchb.f. & Warm. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasiliensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide