Ceratostylis armeria

Ceratostylis armeria Ridl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 9 (1916) 192

Type: Kloss s.n. (Canoe Camp, 150 ft.) (holo BM)

Plant caespitose. Stems terete, 15 cm long, at the base covered with dilated sheaths. Roots abundant, thin. Leaf erect, subterminal, narrow, terete, grooved, 2-5 by 0.1 cm. Floral head subglobose-oblong, 0.4 cm long. Floral bract ovate, acute, glumaceous, pale, ribbed. Flower 0.5 cm long. Ovary short, thick, obconical, silky hairy. Sepals to halfway connate, ovate, acute, equal; mentum silky hairy, subglobose, scrotiform, horizontal. Petals linear, very narrow, one third as wide as the sepals, obtuse. Lip shorter than the sepals, oblong, the sides raised, thin, at the apex obtuse, linguiform, carnose, mid-rib thickened. Column short, arms short erect, oblong, obtuse, truncate, slightly longer than the apex, indistinct. Anther ovate, flat. (After Ridley, 1916).

Colours: Flowers rose red. Anther yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest. Altitude 50 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 125-15M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.