Cleistes moritzii (Rchb.f.) Garay & Dunst. 1966


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Plant in situ Venezuela Photos by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Flower in natural position Antioquia Colombia

Flower forced open Antioquia Colombia

Plant and FlowerFlower Antioquia Colombia Photos by Jay Pfahl

Common Name Moritz's Cleistes [German Orchid Collector in Venezuela 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in Venezuela, Guyana and Ecuador in damp grassy soils of tepui at elevations around 1800 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with an erect, green, glabrous, pubescent below ground level stem carrying to 6, soft, fleshy, linear, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter on an erect, terminal, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Pogonia moritzii Rchb.f. 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 not = C triflora; Flora de Venezuela Vol XV Primera parte Foldats 1969 as Pogonia moritzii drawing good; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador # 76 225 [2] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;