Aganisia pulchella Lindl. 1839 Photo courtesy of Sidney Marçal ©

Common Name The Beautiful Aganisia

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Trinidad, French Guiana, Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela and Brazil in savannahs along creeks and streams, at elevations around 400 meters as a creeping, small sized, hot growing epiphyte or terrestrial with 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] between each narrowly fusiform, longly attenuate to towards the apex pseudobulbs enveloped completely by membraneaceous sheaths and carrying a single, plicate, 5 nerved, oblong, oblong-lanceolate, to elliptic, acuminate, attenuate below into the channeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, racemose, Somewhat flexuous, laxly 3 to 8 flowered, 2.4 to 6" [65 to 15 cm] long inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with a few basal, membraneaceous, acute bracts and triangular-ovate, acute, membraneaceous, floral bracts and carrying showy, fragrant or not flowers

Synonyms Aganisia brachypoda Schltr. 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Edwards's Bot. Reg. 25, Misc. 45. 1839; Edwards's Bot. Reg. 26: t. 32. 1840; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing good; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as A brachypoda; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Pabst & Dungs 1977; Orchids Of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Native Orchids of the Eastern Carribean Kenny 1988; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok;

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