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Ceratostylis brachyphylla

Ceratostylis brachyphylla

Ceratostylis brachyphylla Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58 (1922) 73

Type: Ledermann 8617 (holo B, lost)

A tiny, erect, tufted epiphyte, 6-8 cm high. Rhizome very short. Stems subulate, 5-7 cm long, hardly 0.15 cm across, erect, at the base with a few apiculate sheaths, 1-leaved, terete, slender. Leaves erect, short, wing-shaped, 0.5-0.8 cm long, only slightly thinner than the stems, obtuse, terete, slightly grooved, usually hardly surpassing the Floral head. Floral head oblongoid, erect, 0.2-0.3 cm across, surrounded by a few shortly acuminate scales, inflorescences few, 1-flowered, subsessile. Floral bract hyaline, apiculate, about as long as the ovary. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, 0.15 cm long, subacute, base finely pilose, towards the apex glabrous, lateral sepals oblique, at the base along the front margin elongated and connate, forming a semioblongoid, broadly obtuse mentum, only slightly longer than the median sepal. Petals obliquely lanceolate-ligulate, acute, glabrous, about as long as the median sepal. Lip ovate, 0.17 cm long, in apical third carnose-thickened, broadly obtuse, up to the middle with two thin, subparallel keels. Column short, stigma-arms elliptic, obtuse, about a third as long as the lip. Ovary shortly pedicellate, finely pilose, clavate, 0.15 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1922).

Flower white.

Epiphyte in lowland forest. Altitude 100 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Warm growing epiphyte.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Eriinae
  • Genus Ceratostylis
  • Section Ceratostylis
  • Species Ceratostylis brachyphylla

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Ceratostylis brachyphylla

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