Cystorchis saprophytica J.J.Sm. 1927

Photo by John Varigos and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full shadeWarmCool LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Saprophytic Cystorchis

Flower Size .52" [1.3 cm]

Found in Borneo in lower montane and hill forests in leaf litter at elevations of 700 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing, leafless saprophytic terrestrial with a glabrous, sometimes sparsely hirsute distally, whitish to pinkish-white stem carrying several, ovate, acuminate, adpressed, glabrous, pinkish-white to pink with dark pink nerved sheaths that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a erect, .52 to .64" [1.3 to 1.7 cm] long, whitish to pinkish pubescent, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acute to acuminate, concave, ciliolate, 3 nerved, adpressed, pink floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Orchids of Borneo Vol 4 J J Wood 2003 drawing fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017 photo fide;