Aulosepalum pyramidale [Lindl.] Dix & Dix 2000

Closer Flower View

Inflorescence

Plants in situ in Mexico Photo courtesy of Eduoard Faria

Part Sun Cool Cold Spring Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Cone Aulosepalum [Refers to the shape of the raceme]

Flower Size 1/4" [6mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in ravines and on grassy slopes, among rocks or in deep humus soils, in oak or oak/pine forests at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an erect, glabrous, puberulent, from 8 to 30" [20 to 75 cm] long, scapose, densely many flowered inflorescence that is leafless at flowering time [Spring and Summer] and is enveloped by long imbricate, papery brown, ovate-lanceolate, caudate-acuminate, glabrous sheathing bracts and spirally arranged flowers. The to 5, leaves when visible [late summer and fall] are in a basal rosette or near the base, elliptic-lanceolate, long acute, petiolate base leaves that drop off before the spring and summer blooming.

This orchid does not mind disturbed environments and can be found along roadsides, in traffic islands and other man made environments

Synonyms Deiregyne pyramidalis ( Lindl. ) Burns-Bal. 1986; Gracielanthus pyramidalis (Lindl.) R.González & Szlach. 1995; Gyrostachys pyramidalis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Kionophyton pyramidalis (Lindl.) Garay 1980 publ. 1982; Schiedeella cobanensis (Schltr.) Schltr. 1920; Schiedeella pyramidalis (Lindl.) Schltr. 1920; Spiranthes cobanensis Schltr. 1918; *Spiranthes pyramidalis Lindl. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as Spiranthes pyrimidalis drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Schiedeella pyramidalis drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galiciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Spiranthes pyramidialis; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Kionophyton pyramidalis drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 813 Hamer 1983 as Kionophyton pyramidialis drawing fide; The Orchids of Mexico Hagsater 2005 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; The Orchids Of Mexico Digital Catalog Hagsater 2007; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide;

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