Cleistes brasiliensis (Barb.Rodr.) Schltr. 1925 C brasilensis group Photo by Luiz Meneni Neto and The Orchids from the State of Minas Gerais Website

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Barbosa Rodriques and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Brazilian Cleistes

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Minas Gerais state of Brazil in high mountain fields at elevations around 1200 to 1300 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with an erect, thin, light purple, few leaved stem carrying 4, small, erect-patent, oval-round, somewhat fleshy, obtuse, cordate and amplexicaul below into the base leaves that blooms in the summer on terminal or axillary, successively single flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

Synonyms *Pogonia brasiliensis Barb.Rodr. 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I 1-12 Hoehne 1940 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasiliensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in Southeastern Brazil Miller & Warren 1994 drawing/photo fide; The Organ Mountain Range, Its History and its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing/photo ok;