365 days of orchids – day 194 – Cleisostoma arietinum
This is the ‘bent’ cleisostoma referring to the curved terete leaves. It is a warm growing species from South East Asia, India and Malaysia where it grows pendulously. We have seen related species growing in Arunachal Pradesh, North East India, and in Laos, amongst a mass of orchids (Dendrobiums, Pholidotas, Erias and others) on the lower branches of semi-deciduous trees along rivers and in open forest.
We find Cleisostomas work well mounted where their attractive growth habits can bee enjoyed and the plants are able to dry out well between waterings.