Cleistes tamboana Dodson & Carnevali 1997 TYPE Drawing by Dodson & Carnevali and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Tamboa Cleistes [An area of Esmeraldas province of Ecuador]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador at elevations around 600 to 700 meters as a medium to just large sized, warm growing terrestrial with a sinuous stem carrying 4 to 8, uppermost ones becoming smaller and bract-like, the lower ones oblong to oblong-lanceolate, acute, clasping below intothe sessile base leaves that blooms spring in the later spring through summer on a terminal, successively single, 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence with flowers with green pink sepals and rose pink petals and a lip that is rose pink with red veins towards the apex and a green basal half.

Part of the C bella alliance and similar to C rosea but C tamboana differs in the much smaller size, the oblong-elliptic lip with a retuse apex, the callus reaching the apex of the lip and the winged anther cap.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 pg 271 Dodson and Carnevali 1997 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador # 76 225 [2] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide