Cleistes speciosa Gardner 1842 C speciosa group Drawing by Hoehne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Outstanding Cleistes

Flower Size 6" [15 cm]

Found in Goias and Rio de Janiero states of Brazil in scrub forests at elevations above 1200 meters as a large to giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with a more or less robust, straight to somewhat sinuous stem carrying large, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, glaucous-dusty, amplexicaul below into the base leaves that blooms in the later summer and fall on 1 to 3, axillary, single flowered inflorescence carrying rose red flowers

Synonyms *Pogonia speciosa (Gardner) Rchb.f. 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol VII 1 1-12 Hoehne 1940 drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasiliensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in Southeastern Brazil Miller & Warren 1994 drawing/photo good; The Organ Mountain Range, Its History and its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing good/photo good;