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Ceratostylis platychila

Ceratostylis platychila

Ceratostylis platychila Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 138

Type: Schlechter 13990 (holo B, lost; iso K)

Rhizome very short, covered with large hyaline sheaths, roots elongated, filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Stems crowded, slender, terete, glabrous, 5-10 cm by 1 mm, 1-leaved, at the base covered with emarcescent sheaths. Leaves usually terete, filiform, sometimes a little flattened near the apex, 3-4 cm long, hardly thicker than the stem, apex subacute. Inflorescences forming a few- to several-flowered capitulum. Floral bracts lanceolate, as long as or a little shorter than the ovary, apex acute. Pedicel and ovary 0.2 cm long, covered with short white hairs. Flowers c. 1.5 mm long. Dorsal sepal ovate, 0.15 cm long, with a few sparse hairs at the base, apex narrowly obtuse. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate-triangular, slightly dilated at the base along inner margin, apex narrowly obtuse; mentum very short, obtuse. Petals obliquely lanceolate, 0.1 cm long, apex acute. Lip broadly ovate-subcordate, 0.15 cm long, retuse at base, somewhat thickened near the apex, glabrous, apex obtuse. Column short, stelidia hardly surpassing the anther; column-foot short. Anther almost helmet-shaped, in front retuse. (After Schlechter, 1905).

Flower pure white.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest. Altitude 1000 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte, grow in light shade.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Eriinae
  • Genus Ceratostylis
  • Section Ceratostylis
  • Species Ceratostylis platychila
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 243
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 88, fig. 326

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Ceratostylis platychila

Ceratostylis platychila Schltr.,

Ceratostylis platychila

Ceratostylis platychila Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 88, fig. 326