Cleisostoma odoratum Garay 1972 SECTION Cleisostoma

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Specimen plant

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C odoratum ssp sabahense

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Fragrance Part shade Cool LATERSpring EARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Fragrant Cleisostoma

Flower Size .4" [7 mm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia on trees in lower montane forests at elevations of 1000 to 1250 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, rarely basally branched stem carrying crowded, slightly decurved, dark green with maroon marking, strap-shaped, unequally bilobed apically, lobes rounded, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on numerous, axillary, horizontal to arching, green with red streaks, 2 to 9 branched, many flowered inflorescence with each 6" [15 cm] branch carrying 50 fragrant [violets] flowers , with up to 18 open at any one time,

CAUTION A very rare plant and very little is out there on it so please use with caution. Really only collected four times.

Synonyms Cleisostoma ionosmum Ridl.1897; Saccolabium ionosmum Ridl. 1907; Sarcanthus ionosmus (Ridl.) Holttum 1947

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Cleisostoma ionosmum drawing ok; Gard. Bull. Singapore 11:288 Holttum 1947 as Sarcanthus ionosmus; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing ok; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 4 2009 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 9 2012 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 17 O'Byrne 2016 photo/drawing fide;