Cleisocentron pallens (Cathcart ex Lindl.) N.Pearce & P.J.Cribb 2001

Side View of Flower

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Drawing by © Pantling

Common Name The Pale Cleisocentron

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas and Sikkim at elevations of 330 to 630 [2000] meters as a medium to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a branched stem enveloped by fibrous, leafless and leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying narrowly oblong, slightly tapering, obliquely bifid apically, sessile, jointed leaves that blooms in the summer on a divergent, secund, 1.2 to 2.8" [3 to 7 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence with broad, obtuse floral bracts.

Synonyms Cleisocentron trichromum (Rchb.f.) Brühl 1926; Gastrochilus trichromus (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; *Saccolabium pallens Cathcart ex Lindl. 1859; Saccolabium trichromum Rchb.f. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1865 as Saccolabium trichromum drawing; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Saccolabium trichromum drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Saccolabium trichomum drawing fide; Indian Orchids, A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as C trichromum drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989 as C trichromum drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; *Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007