Cleisostoma quinquefidum (Lindl.) Garay 1972


Photos by Roy & Margaret Mackay

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing of Sarcanthus robustus by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Drawing

Drawing by E. Delile and The Plant Illustration Website

Partial sun Hot Fall

Common Name The Five Loyal Cleisostoma

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago at elevations around 10 to 350 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with a thick, stout, densely leafy stem carrying erect-spreading to subspreading, broadly ligulate, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically, clear, thickly coriaceous leaves that blooms in the fall on a paniculate, elongate, to 20" [50 cm] long, few bracted, many flowered inflorescence

Schlechter states that the sepals and petals are yellow with a broad brown-red margin and the lip is white with violet markings or as in the case of C robustus, yellow-green with pale brown margined segments and the lip is white with red-violet longitudinal stripes.

Synonyms Carteretia paniculata A.Rich. 1833; Cleisostoma micholitzii Kraenzl. 1894; Cleisostoma schlechteri Garay 1972; Doritis paniculata (A.Rich.) Benth. & Hook.f. 1883; Gastrochilus quinquefidus (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Saccolabium paniculatum (A.Rich.) Schltr. 1905; *Saccolabium quinquefidum Lindl. 1843; Sarcanthus quinquefidus (Lindl.) Schltr. 1913; Sarcanthus robustus Schltr. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 as Sarcanthus quinquefidus; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 as Sarcanthus robustus drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 as Cleisostoma robustus not = Sarcanthus robustus = Cleisostoma quinquefidum photo fide;