Cleistes huberi Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1990 TYPE Drawing by © Carnevali & I.Ramírez and The Biodiversity Heritage Library Website

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Common Name Huber's Cleistes [Italian Ecologist and Orchid Collector current]

Flower Size .5" [1.25 cm]

Found in Bolivar state of Venezuela in grassy areas with shrubs in sand at elevations around 2300 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect, subterete, straight to slightly flexuous, glabrous, fistulose stems enveloped by strongly fused leaf sheaths and carrying 2 to 4, reduced to small, fleshy, elliptic, acute, sheath-like, concave above, rounded beneath, margins finely erose leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, erect, short, successively single to 3 flowered inflorescence with similar to the leaves, shorter than the ovary floral bracts but smaller and carrying pale yellow to whitish, small for the genus flowers.

Similar to Cleistes stricta but it is a much larger plant 9.2" to 40" [23 to 100 cm] with 2 to 7, larger flowers on a much longer rachis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 77: 549 Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1990 drawing fide;