Cleisostoma halophilum (Ridl.) Garay 1972 SECTION Pilearia

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Common Name or Meaning The Sea-Loving Cleisostoma

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra at elevations around 100 meters most always near the sea and often in mangroves as a small to medium sized, pendant, hot growing epiphyte with a spreading to descending with upturned tip, freely branching stem carrying terete, spreading often decurved, grooved on dorsal surface, acute that are often abruptly constricted twoards the apex leaves that blooms in the winter spring and summer on an axillary, often branching near the base, to 8" [to 20 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Ascochilus teres Ridl. 1903; Raciborskanthos halophilus (Ridl.) Szlach. 1995; Saccolabium halophilus (Ridl.) Ridl.1907; *Sarcanthus halophilum Ridl. 1896;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Botanisk Tidsskrift Bild 70 Hft 1 Contributions to the flora of Thailand VI Seidenfaden 1975; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; A Checklist Of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 9 2012 photo fide