Cleisostoma subulatum Blume 1825 SECTION Subulatum Seiden. 1975 TYPE for the section

Photo by © Eric Hunt

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Photos by André Schuiteman, courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Part sun Hot winterSpring SummerFall

Common Name The Awl-Shaped Cleisostoma - Refers to the subulate leaf, narrow, pointed and more or less flattened

Flower Size .32 or more [8 mm+]

Found in Assam India, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysian peninsula, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Borneo, the Moluccas, Sulawesi, and the Philippines in lowlands at elevations of 100 to 500 meters as a small to medium sized, pendant, semi-terete leafed, hot growing epiphyte with, pendulous, short stems with upturned apices carrying thick, fleshy, v-channeled, rigid acuminate leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on an unbranched, stiffly pendant, to 4 to 6.8" [10 to 17 cm] long, lightly flecked violet brown, shorter than the leaves, racemose, densely many [40] flowered inflorescence with a very shortly triangular floral bract and carries successive opening flowers.

Synonyms Cleisostoma amabile Teijsm. & Binn. 1853; Cleisostoma dealbatum Lindl. 1843; Cleisostoma secundum Rolfe 1907; Cymbidium flavescens Llanos 1851; Cypripedium linearisubulatum Llanos 1851; Micropera pallida Wall. 1833; Saccolabium secundum Ridley 1907; Sarcanthus amabilis (Teijsm. & Binn.) J.J.Sm. 1912; Sarcanthus dealbatus (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1864; Sarcanthus oxyphyllus Wall ex Lindl. 1840; Sarcanthus secundus Griff. 1851; Sarcanthus subulatus [Bl.]Rchb.f 1857

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as SArcanthus oxyphyllus; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as Sarcanthus subulatus; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Sarcanthus secundus drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Sarcanthus secundus drawing good; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as Saracanthus subulatus; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as Saracanthus subulatus drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1964 as Sarcanthus subulatus drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Sarcanthus subulatus; 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 drawing ok; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 as Saracanthus dealbatus; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 as Sarcanthus subulata; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 as C dealbatum; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo ok; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo good; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo good; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo ok; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 5–58 L. V. Averyanov1 , Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 ; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 5 2010 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo good; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo good; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo good; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 9 2012 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 6 Epidendrodeae Pt 3 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2014;