Cleisostoma aspersum (Rchb.f.) Garay 1972 SECTION Cleisostoma Seiden 1975

Photo by Khang Van Nguyen


Photo by Dale Borders

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo by Patricia Harding

Part shade Warm to CoolSpring to Summer

Common Name The Raspy Stereochilus

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Bhutan, Sikkim India, Nepal, eastern Himalayas, Sikkim, Yunnan province of China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in tropical valleys at elevations of 600 to 1900 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing, monopodial epiphyte with a short stem carrying several linear leaves with bilobed apices and articulated to the stem below that blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, lateral, 1" [2.5 cm] long, few to several flowered, racemose inflorescence.

Synonyms Cleisostoma bicuspidatum Hkr.f 1890; *Sarcanthus asperum Rchb.f 1865; Sarcanthus bicuspidatus (Hook. f.) J.J. Sm.1912; Sarcanthus khasiaensis Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; Stereochilus bicuspidatus (Hook. f.) King & Pantl. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 22 Hooker 1893 as Cleisostoma bicuspidatus drawing ok; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Cleisostoma bicuspidatum drawing fide; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95 as Sarcanthus asperus; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95 as Cleisostoma bicuspidatum; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Botanisk Tidsskrift Bind 66 Hefte 4 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand III Seidenfaden 1971 as Sarcanthus asperus drawing fide; 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; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 22 1329 - 1392 Brieger 1989 as Stereochilus bicuspidatum drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991;Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Taiwania 60(3):107-116, 2015 - New species of the genus Cleisostoma in the flora of Vietnam Averyanov, Tich and Canh; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;