Cleisostoma discolor Lindl. 1845 SECTION Cleisostoma Seiden 1975

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Part sunHot toWarm LATEWinter TO EARLY Spring

Common Name The Differently Colored Cleisostoma

Flower Size .44" [1.1 cm]

Found in India, Sikkim, Bhutan, penninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam in primary lowland montane forests often near streams at elevations of 350 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an ascending stem carrying several, dark green veined, linear, curved, with an erose bilobed apice, conduplicate below leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an axillary, pendant, 9" to 24" [22.5 to 60 cm] long, occasionally branching inflorescence with a slightly fractiflex rachis with ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying several to many [20], successively opening flowers.

Synonyms Cleisostoma auriculatum (Rolfe) Garay 1972; Cleisostoma termissum (Rchb.f.) Garay 1972; Gastrochilus rostellatus (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Saccolabium rostellatum Hkr.f 1890; Sarcanthus angkorensis Guillaum. 1930; Sarcanthus auriculatus Rolfe 1895; Sarcanthus discolor [Lindl.] J.J.Sm. 1912; Sarcanthus josephii J.J.Sm. 1913; Saracanthus macrodon Rchb. f 1872; Sarcanthus termissus Rchb.f. 1860

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1893 as Saccolabium rostellatum drawing hmm; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1964 as Sarcanthus termissus drawing good; Dansk Botansisk Arkiv Bind 29 N. R. 2 Orchid Genera in Thailand II Cleisostoma Seidenfaden 1975 drawing fide; Indian Orchids A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Borneo Chan, Shim, Lamb & Wood Vol 1 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo ok; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo ok; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo ok; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 9 2012 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014 drawing fide; Taiwania 60(3):107-116, 2015 - New species of the genus Cleisostoma in the flora of Vietnam Averyanov, Tich and Canh; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 drawing fide/photo fide