Ada rolandoi D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1994 Photo courtesy of Pablo Bermudez ©

Common Name Rolando's Ada [Peruvian Orchid Collector of species current]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Peru in the department of Pasco in cool wet lower montane cloudforests at elevations around 1850 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with clustered, narrowly elliptic-oblong, laterally compressed, ancipitous, longitudunally grooved pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by several, pairs of distichous, imbricating, lower leafless, upper leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, oblanceolate, acute, narrowing below into the elongate, conduplicate, narrow, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, erect then arching, racemose, 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and holding the star-shaped flowers in the upper half.

Synonyms *Brassia rolandoi (D.E.Benn. & Christenson) Senghas 1997; Brassiopsis rolandoi (D.E.Benn. & Christenson) Szlach. & Górniak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 4 1994 drawing; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 205 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 as Brassia rolandoi; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006;

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