Next Species: Ceratostylis maboroensis

Ceratostylis bulbophylli

Ceratostylis bulbophylli

Ceratostylis bulbophylli Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58 (1922) 70

Type: Ledermann 9309 (holo B, lost)

Almost shrubby, pendent, branched epiphyte. Rhizome elongated, stem-like, branched, covered with brown, acute cataphylls, to 23 cm long. Pseudobulbs distant, short, 0.6-0.8 by 0.45 cm, narrowly cylindrical, 1-leaved. Leaves linear-lanceolate or linear-ligulate, 5-7 by 0.4-0.5 cm, acute, base attenuate-subpetiolate, coriaceous. Inflorescences fascicled, 1-flowered, surrounded with a few acuminate, short scales, forming a head up to 0.8 cm across. Peduncles short, finely pilose Floral bract hyaline, very small. Flowers outside white hairy. Sepals oblong-lanceolate, 0.45 cm long, rather obtuse, lateral sepals in front at the base along the margin dilated; mentum short, obtuse. Petals narrowly linear-ligulate subacuminate, glabrous, about as long as the median sepal. Lip at the base oblong-unguiculate, cuneate, in upper half 3-lobed, rhombic, 0.4 by 0.2 cm, lateral lobes triangular, obtuse, patent, mid-lobe in front ovate, 0.15 cm long, obtuse, towards the apex somewhat thickened, at the base of the lip with 3 thickened, parallel lines decurrent on the middle of the mid-lobe. Column short, stigma-arms short, apiculate. Anther quadrate-cucullate, glabrous. Ovary shortly pedicellate, clavate, pilose, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1922).

Note: Should be compared with Ceratostylis maboroensis Schltr.

Flower white.

Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 850 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte.


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

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Ceratostylis bulbophylli

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