Cleisostoma subulatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1085
Todays orchid brings back lovely memories of our recent visit to Sarawak where we saw this species growing in lowland forest near the coast at Bako National Park(below)
The forest here was quite open but Cleisostoma subulatum was growing low down on tree trunks and lower branches in shade. Cleisostoma is a lovely genus and plants have very diverse leaves but very similar flowers. The flowers all have their spurs protruding from their buds well before they open.
Cleisostoma subulatum is a medium sized plant that can grow really large over time, as some of the plants at Bako had, with long pendulous spikes of small flowers that open successively. The species is found from Sikkim in the Himalayas through South east Asia to Malaysia and the Philippines where it grows as an epiphyte in lowland forest up to 500m altutide.
The team arriving at Bako (below) with the forest home of Cleisostoma subulatum at the top of the beach.