Cleistes paludosa Rchb.f. 1850 C aphylla group Drawing by Hoehne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Pale Cleistes

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in French Guiana, Surinam and northern Brazil at elevations of 300 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing terrestrial with a globose tuber giving rise to a slender, erect stem with 1 to 3 small bracts and without actual leaves that blooms in the late fall and winter on a 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence.

Part of the C aphylla group.

Synonyms Pogonia paludosa (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol VII 1 1-12 Hoehne 1940 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasiliensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide;