Cleisocentron merrillianum (Ames) Christenson 1992

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Common Name or Meaning Merrill's Cleisocentron [American Orchid Botanist early 1900's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found only in Sabah, Borneo in lower to upper montane forests and riverine forests in crowns of large mossy trees at elevations of 1100 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing, monopodial orchid with terete stems enveloped completely by leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying linear-ligulate, basally conduplicate, unequally bilobed apically, thickly coriaceous, juvenile leaves that become, terete, conduplicate below acute, falcate to straight mature leaves and blooms in the winter and spring on an axillary, to 3.4" [8.5 cm] long, several [8 to 15] flowered inflorescence that holds the simultaneous, long-lasting, unscented flowers close to the leaf axil.

Synonyms Robiquetia merrilliana (Ames) Lückel, M.Wolff & J.J.Wood 1989; *Sarcanthus merrillianus Ames 1920;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *American Orchid Society. Bulletin 61: #3 246 1992 draqwing/photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 10 1994 photo good; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Borneo Wood Vol 3 1997 drawing/photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 1 2008 photo/drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing ok; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide