Arpophyllum laxiflorum Pfitzer 1898

Plant and Flowers

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name or Meaning The Loosely Flowered Arpophyllum

Flower Size 5/8" [1.5 cm]

Found in Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Puebla, Vera Cruz, Oaxaca, and Chiapas states of Mexico as well as northern Guatemala in oak, oak/pine and evergreen cloud forests at elevations of 1400 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, round in cross-section pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, folded and then conduplicate below into the elongate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an apical, showy, lax to densely 10 to 35 [60] flowered inflorescence carrying simultaneous, non-resupinate flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 1998; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 523 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018