Arpophyllum alpinum Lindl. 1842 Photo by © Lourens Grobler .


Common Name The High Elevation Orchid

Flower Size 1/2"+ [1.75 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua at elevations of 1900 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with pseudobulbs subtended by 3 or more mottled, papery sheaths carrying a single, ligulate, obtuse or subacute, usually conduplicate leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer on a 4" [10 cm] long densly, many flowered inflorescence that arises from the sheath at the leaf base with an overall cylindric shape.

Synonyms Arpophyllum giganteum subsp. alpinum (Lindl.) Dressler 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; The Orchids of Guatemala and Belize; Ames and Correl 1985; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Field Guide to the orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Volume 5 Withner 1998 drawing/photo fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 521 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide