Bifrenaria tyrianthina (Loudon) Rchb. f. 1858

Another Color Form Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

FragrancePart ShadeCoolSpring and EARLYSummer

Common Name The Purple Blooming Bifrenaria

Flower Size up to 3 1/2" [to 8.75 cm]

Found in Bahia, Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais States of Brazil at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters, in an area with a distinct winter dry season as a cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with broadly ovoid-pyriform, angled, deeply sulcate pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic-oblong, suberect, subacute or obtuse, thin-textured, plicate leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer on a basal, racemose, 4" [7.5 cm] long, erect, rigid inflorescence with 1 to 4, fragrant, fleshy, long-lasting flowers arising on a mature pseudobulb.

This species although similar to B harrisoniae is differentiated by it's long spur that is twice as long as the column and the narrow stipe.

Synonyms Bifrenaria dallemagnei R.H. Torr. 1893; Bifrenaria magnicalcarata [Hoehne Pabst 1976; Bifrenaria tyriantha var. magnicalcarata Hoehne. 1950; *Lycaste tyrianthina Loudon 1850; Maxillaria tyrianthina hort. ex W. Baxter 1850;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as B trianthina; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as B tyrinathina var albescens drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 29 Schlechter/Brieger 1994 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilienses I Plate 017 Castro & Campacci 2000 drawing ok to the first photo; Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras 2 Encyclias Campacci 2003; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing good; Flora Brasilica Hoehne 1953; Orchidaceae Brasilense Pabst & Dungs 1970; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1993; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2001; Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005; Australian Orchid Review Vol 73 No 2 2008 photo; Orchidees du Bresil, As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo Espirito Santo Brasil Vol 4 Chiron & Bolsanello 2014 drawing/photo fide;

Bifrenaria tyrianthina var. magnicalcarata Hoehne 1953 Photo by Patricia Harding

A variety of the previous species

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing fide

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