!Schistotylus purpuratus (Rupp) Dockrill 1967 Photos by John Varigos and his Orchid webpage


Common Name The Purple Schistotylus - In Australia Purple Sprites

Flower Size .2 to .25" [5 to 6 mm]

Found in Queensland and NE New South Wales at elevations of 600 to 1100 meters in wet sclerophyll forests on shrubs and twigs of trees as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 2 to 6, crowded, linear, sometimes curved, dark green, often with dark purple spotting, apically acute leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on an axillary, pendant, few flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Cleisostoma gemmatum Rupp 1937; *Cleisostoma purpuratum Rupp 1938; Sarcanthus gemmatus Rupp 1941; Sarcanthus purpuratus (Rupp) Rupp 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 1 2007 photo