Ceratostylis tenericaulis

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

Type: Kloss s.n. (Camp 6a, 3100 ft.); (Camp 6c, 5500 ft.) (syn BM)

Stems crowded, slender, at the base narrower, 7-14 cm long, covered with pale, to 1 cm long sheaths. Leaf subterminal, linear, acuminate, carnose, grooved above, dorsally convex, 1.5-2.2 by 0.1 cm. Floral head 0.5 cm long, with several lanceolate, acute, pale, glumaceous, 0.1 cm long scales. Median sepal lanceolate, acute, dorsally silky hairy, 0.1 cm long. Lateral sepals oblong-lanceolate, acute, silky hairy; mentum cylindrical-clavate, 0.5 cm long, silky hairy. Petals lanceolate, obtuse, shorter than the sepals. Lip lanceolate, obtuse, the sides near the base thin, raised, apex terete, obtuse, carnose, inconspicuous, mid-vein raised on the blade. Column with large, oblong, at the apices rounded-truncate arms extending to the middle of the lip. Anther very small, ovate, rounded, minutely crested. (After Ridley, 1916).

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 950-1670 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 125-150M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.