Ceratostylis recurva

Ceratostylis recurva J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 39 (1910) 6

Type: Römer, von 660 (holo BO?)

Stems close together, terete, 3.5-5.5 cm long, 0.18 cm diam. Leaf erect, terete, subulate-subacute, above obtusely grooved, 1.1 cm long, 0.15 cm diam.; sheath very short, concave, 0.16 cm long. Inflorescence capituliform, few-flowered, surrounded by dry scales, peduncle short, 1-flowered. Floral bracts triangular, acuminate, concave, membranous, 0.18 cm long. Flowers small, 0.48 cm long. Median sepal erect, lanceolate, narrowly obtuse, concave, 3-nerved, dorsally sparsely pubescent near the base, 0.33 cm long, 0.13 cm wide. Lateral sepals obliquely oblong-ovate, conical-acute, concave, 3-nerved, 0.25 cm long, to the apex of the mentum 0.4 cm long, 0.1 cm wide, with an oblong base decurrent on the column-foot, mentum oblong, straight, obtuse, dorsally pilose, 0.14 cm long. Petals obliquely lanceolate, acute, 1-nerved, 0.25 cm long, 0.08 cm wide. Lip erect, above the middle strongly recurved, in outline lanceolate, 0.43 cm long, 0.13 cm wide, in the middle on either side orbicular-dilated and ciliolate (lateral lobes), apex carnose-thickened, convex, rounded, in the basal part concave, 3-nerved, inside in basal half with two puberulous keels, with an additional keel decurrent from the thickened apex. Column short, broad, above the middle bipartite, 0.08 cm long, arms broad, concave, convex outside. Column-foot making a sharp angle with the ovary, straight, linear, 0.13 cm long. Ovary sparsely pubescent, 0.2 cm long. (After Smith, 1911)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest. Altitude 0 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 125-122M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.