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Ceratostylis pinguis

Ceratostylis pinguis

Ceratostylis pinguis Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58 (1922) 72

Type: Ledermann 11095 (holo B, lost); para

Epiphytic, erect, caespitose, 17-25 cm high. Rhizome very short. Stems terete, relatively thick, 9-15 by 0.25-0.3 cm, 1-leaved, at the base with a few pale brown, acuminate sheaths. Leaves erect, narrowly ligulate, 7-8 by 0.55-0.7 cm, rather obtuse, pointed, rather thick, base folded-attenuate. Floral head very small, about 0.8 cm across, elliptic, surrounded by short, apiculate scales. Inflorescences 1-flowered, very shortly pedunculate. Flowers outside finely pilose. Sepals lanceolate-oblong, 0.3 cm long, subacute, lateral sepals oblique, at the base along the front margin elongated and connate into an obovoid, obtuse, 0.85 cm long sac. Petals narrowly and obliquely lanceolate-linear, subacute, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip ligulate, 0.4 cm long, dilated in the middle, apical third carnose-thickened, at the apex rather obtuse, with two thin, parallel keels extending from the base to near the middle. Column semiterete, glabrous, about three times shorter than the lip, stigma-arms elliptic, obtuse, foot short. Ovary shortly pedicellate, clavate, 0.28 cm long, densely white-pilose. (After Schlechter, 1922).

Flower pale reddish yellow, outside with white hairs.

Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1350 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 Ceratostylis
  • Species Ceratostylis pinguis

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Ceratostylis pinguis

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