!Cystorchis variegata Blume 1859 var variegata

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Drawing by Seidenfaden

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Common Name or Meaning The Variegated Leaf Cystorchis

Flower Size .175" x .3" [4.5 x 7.5 mm]

Found in Borneo, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, the Philippines and Vanuatu in lowland, hill and montane forests on sandstone at elevations around 200 to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial orchid with a decumbent, terete stem rooting all along, and then ascending for 1 to 2" [2.5 to 4.5 cm] turning pale green and having 5 to 6, obliquely ovate, acute, undulate margins, velvety red-brown [var purpurea] and green with paler veins [var variegata] and paler below on both, narrowing to the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, terete, pubescent, 4.8 to 6.6" [12 cm to 16.5 cm] long, many [10 to 12] flowered inflorescence with 2 tubular sheaths and ovate, pubescent, concave, reddish floral bracts and all the flowers held toward the apex.

Synonyms Aetheria javanica [Bl.] Lindl.1840; Hetaeria variegata (Blume) Miq. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Smith 1905 as C variegata var purpurea not is C variegata; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as C variegata var purpurea not drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C variegata var purpurea; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C variegata var purpurea; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; The Orchids of Penninsular Mayasia and Singapore Seidenfaden & wood 1992 drawing fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #3 2010 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo good for leaf; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #11 2012 photo fide;

~ Cystorchis variegata var. purpurea Ridl. 1896 - See Cystorchis javanica (Blume) Blume 1859

Photo courtesy of Brian A. O'Brien Copyright

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Penninsular Mayasia and Singapore Seidenfaden & wood 1992; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001;

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