Aspidogyne tuerckheimii (Schltr.) Garay 1977

Photos by J Gonzalez and The Mobot Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Website

Collection Sheet and Drawing

Another Drawing

Drawings by Tuerckheim and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Tuerckheim's Aspidogyne [German Orchid Collector early 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador at elevations around 350 meters as a medium sized, hot growing terrestrial with a decumbent rhizome becoming erect stem carrying 4 to 6, suberectly spreading, obliquely elliptic, abruptly acuminate, tapering below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, terminal, slender, to 14" [35 cm] long overall, rachis to 7" [3.5 cm] long, cylindric, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Erythrodes polygonata (Ames) Ames 1915; Erythrodes tuerckheimii (Schltr.) Ames 1922; Physurus polygonatus Ames 1908; *Physurus tuerckheimii Schltr. 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908 as Physurus polygonatus; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 3 Ames 1908 as Physurus polygonatus drawing fide; Studies in the family Orchidaceae Vol VII Ames 1922 as Erythrodes tuerkheimii; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 as Erythrodes tuerckheimii drawing ok; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1301 Dodson 1989 drawing good; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 #10 2003 photo not = A roseoalba; Manual De Plants De Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Erythrodes tuerkheimii drawing good; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 3 Orchiodese Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase & Rasmussen 2003 photo good; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Acropera galetea