Cleisostoma beccarii (Schltr.) Garay 1972

Side View of Flower

Plant Photos by Shiva Ramli and The Wild Orchids in Sumatra Website

Part sunHot Fall

Common Name Becarri's Cleisostoma [Italian Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Sumatra at elevations around 300 to 400 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with a mostly erect, non-branched, leafy, zig-zag stem enveloped by leaf sheath bases carrying strap-shaped, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically, tough and fleshy leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect to spreading, branched, peduncle slender, terete, to 3.6" [9 cm] long, 10" [25 cm] long, laxly, many flowered inflorescence with triangular, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

This species is close to C saggitatum but it differs in the larger flowers, more acute sepals, shorter lip side lobes and a more triangular lip epichile.

Synonyms *Sarcanthus beccarii Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001;