Cystorchis aphylla Ridl. 1896

Photo by Peter O'Byrne and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Tripetch P. and the Thai Orchid Blog

Full Warm Cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Leafless Cystorchis - In Thailand Kluai mot thin tai

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, the Moluccas and the Philippines in hill forests in deep shade at elevations of 500 to 1700 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing, mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with erect, yellow, brown to red stems carrying pink, ovate, acute, sometimes overlapping scale leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, terminal, 1.2 to 3.2" [3 to 8 cm] long, 3 to 10 flowered inflorescence with scarcely opening flowers


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