Cleistes calantha (Schltr.) Schltr. 1926 C vinosa group Drawing by Hoehne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Beuatiful Cleistes

Flower Size 5.6" [14 cm]

Found in southeastern Brazil on roadside banks and in scrub forests at elevations of 1000 to 1400 meters as a giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with an erect, leafy stem carrying 5 to 8 large, membraneous, lanceolate, acuminate, amplexicaul below into the base leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 2 to 3, terminal and axillary, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Pogonia calantha Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol VII 1 1-12 Hoehne 1940 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasiliensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in Southeastern Brazil Miller & Warren 1994 drawing not/photo not; The Organ Mountain Range, Its History and its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing no/photo no;