Cleistes ionoglossa Hoehne & Schltr. 1926 C mantaqueirae group TYPE Drawing by © Schltr. & Hoehne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Violet Blue Lipped Cleistes

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southeastern Brazil on roadside banks amongst tall grasses at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial with an erect, slightly sinuous, thin stem carrying 4 to 7, erect-patent, membraneous, slightly fleshy, somewhat pallid, purplish, lanceolate, acuminate, basally claspng leaves that blooms in the summer and earlier fall on 5 to 6, terminal and axillary, 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.


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