Cleistes lepida (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1926 C Mantiqueirae Group

Drawing Photo by N. Baumbach /Drawing by Hoehne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Scaly Cleistes [refers to the scaly callus]

Flower Size 2.8" [7 cm]

Found in Bolivar Venezuela and Brazil at elevations around 1000 to 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an erect, slightly sinuous, glabrous stem carrying 3 to 6, patent, dark, dull green, ovate-lanceolate, distinctly veined, acuminate leaves that blooms in the late summer and earlier fall on axillary, successively single to 5 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Pogonia lepida Rchb.f. 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol VII 1 1-12 Hoehne 1940 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Primera parte Foldats 1969 as Pogonia lepida; Orchidaceae Brasiliensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; The Organ Mountain Range, Its History and its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide/photo fide;