Brachystele guayanensis (Lindl.) Schltr. 1920 Drawing by Alfred Cogniaux courtesy of Botanicus Website

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Common Name The Guayana Brachystele [Refers to northern South America]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Surinam, Fr Guiana, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia and northern Brazil in open meadows at elevations of 250 to 1320 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with thick, glabrous roots giving rise to a slender stem with several, loose, lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, acuminate bracts and carrying few fugaceous leaves that blooms in the later spring on an erect, cylindrical, 2.4" [6 cm] long, congested, many flowered inflorescence enveloped by various, tubular, acuminate bracts.

Synonyms Brachystele aguacatensis (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1920; Brachystele brenesii (Schltr.) Schltr. 1920; *Goodyera guayanensis Lindl. 1840; Gyrostachys hostmannii (Rchb.f. ex Griseb.) Kuntze 1891; Spiranthes aguacatensis Rchb.f. 1855; Spiranthes brenesii Schltr. 1912; Spiranthes guayanensis (Lindl.) Cogn. 1895; Spiranthes hostmannii Rchb.f. ex Griseb. 1864

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing fide; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Spiranthes guyanensis [sic]; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as Spiranthes guayanensis drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1003 Hamer & Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good; Genera Orchidaceaerum Vol 3 Orchioideae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2003 drawing

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