Chelonistele lurida plate
Chelonistele lurida plate from
Lindenia Iconographie des Orchidées

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Coelogyneae
SubTribe: Coelogyninae
Genus: Chelonistele
Pfitzer ex Kraenzl. 1907
Type Species
Chelonistele sulphurea

Chelonistele, is a genus of five species from the family Orchidaceae. The genus is abbreviated Chlnst. in trade journals.


This genus is distributed from the Himalayas to Burma, Malaysia, Borneo and Java.


Plants in this genus have creeping rhizomes.


Plants are usually grown in baskets. Plant grows from cool to cold temperatures in partial shade. Water regularly during the summer, about once every two days and gradually reduce in the winter. Water about once every two to three weeks and gradually increase watering as new roots begin to show. Pot in a well drain medium. Pot in a plastic or clay pot with a mix of fine fir bark, tree fern fibers, and perlite or pot in New Zealand sphagnum moss.


This genus is named after its cupola-shaped winged hood on the column


  1. Sigmatochilus Rolfe, 1914

Species Edit

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