Cleisostoma litoreum (Schltr.) Garay 1972


Plant Photos by Dr. E.F. de Vogel, courtesy of André Schuiteman, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Part Sun Hot Warm Summer

Common Name The Coastal Cleisostoma

Flower Size .1" [2mm]

Found in New Guinea in lowland forests in exposed locations at elevations of sealevel to 550 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a pendant elongate stem carrying erect to horizontal, strap-shaped, unequally and obtusely bilobulate apically, fleshy leaves that are attenuate to the densely rugulose leaf sheaths below and blooms in the summer on a pendulous, slender, racemose, laxly, several to many [15 to 20] flowered inflorescence with deltoid, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous, successive opening flowers.

Synonyms *Sarcanthus litoreus Schltr. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 as Sarcanthus litoreus drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2005