Altensteinia virescens Lindl.1845

Plant and Flowers in situ Ecuador

Photos by Lourens Grobler

Part sunColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Greenish Altensteinia

Flower Size 1/8" [4mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in wet paramo and subparamo at elevations around 2800 to 3500 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with a short, erect, sometimes branched at the base stem carrying a rosette of coriaceous, narrowly obovate leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, 8" [20 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence enveloped by large, glabrous bracts

Synonyms Prescottia crassicaulis F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.1899

ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 401 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids VOl 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #10 2016 photo good?; The Orchid Review Vol 127 No 1328 December 2019 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide