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Ceratostylis oreophila

Ceratostylis oreophila

Ceratostylis oreophila Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 248

Type: Schlechter 17164 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, caespitose, about 15 cm high. Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, shortly villose. Stems slender, terete, 1-leaved, at the base covered with acuminate sheaths, 8-11 cm long, 1.5-2 mm across. Leaves erect, filiform-subulate, acute, adaxially slightly sulcate, terete, 5-6 cm long. Inflorescences several arranged into a terminal capitulum, covered with elliptic, acute scales. Bracts minute, ovate, acute. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals oblong, obtuse, outside sparsly puberulous, 0.4 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base extended and connate along the anterior margin; mentum sac-like, short, oblong, about 0.2 cm long. Petals linear-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip narrowed in basal part, ligulate-oblong, obtuse, apex carnose-thickened, 0.6 cm long, at the base with slightly incurved margins, with two ciliolate lamellae from above the base decurrent to basal third. Column short, arms quadrate, less than half as long as the lip; foot short. Anther subglobose, glabrous, apex minutely notched. Ovary subsessile, puberulous, 3.5 mm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914).

Flower light yellow.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest. Altitude 1000 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte, keep in light shade.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Eriinae
  • Genus Ceratostylis
  • Section Ceratostylis
  • Species Ceratostylis oreophila
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 90, fig. 334

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Ceratostylis oreophila

Ceratostylis oreophila Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 90, fig. 334