Cleisostoma aikoae Cootes 2015 HOLOTYPE Photo by Cootes and The Orchideen Journal Website

Part sunWarm LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name Aiko's Cleisostoma [Aiko Saniega Philippine Discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found on the island of Mindoro within the Philippines at elevations around 600 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with a semi-pendulous, monopodial stem carrying towards the apex, leathery, alternate, narrowly rectangular, narrowing on one side towards the apex leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a pendulous, peduncle to 2.8" [7 cm] long, rachis to 4.8" [12 cm] long, 7.6" [19 cm] long, overall, successively several, many flowered inflorescence

The photo above is the holotype of the species. Closest to C saggitatum but differs in the much smaller flowers, a racemose inflorescence and a different shaped lip and mentum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *OrchideenJ. 22: 130 Cootes 2015 photo fide