Chloraea magellanica Hook. f. 1847 Photo courtesy of German Roitman

Another Flower View

Plant and Flowers

Plant Habitat Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougerty

Plant and Flowers in situ Photo courtesy of Bill Temple

Full sunColdSpring

Common Name The Magellan Strait Chloraea - Porcelain orchid

Flower Size 2 to 3"+ [5 to 8 cm]

Found as a terrestrial in Patagonia, Argentina. A terrestrial orchid with tulip-like foliage that grows in extremely cold regions and will not tolerate warmer environments. Distributed throughout the mountainous portions of southern Chile and Argentina. It blooms in the spring as snows melt and is mostly faded by early summer. Plants are about 35 cm tall when in flower, bearing 4 to 12 highly textured and boldly patterned blossoms per inflorescence, with each flower 5-8 cm tall. Flowers have no detectable fragrance

Synonyms Asarca magellanica (Hook. f.) Kuntze 1891; Chloraea bouganvilleana Franch. 1889; Chloraea hystrix Speg. & Kraenzl. 1904; Chloraea kranzliniana Hoehne 1939; Chloraea leontoglossa Speg. & Kraenzl. 1902; Chloraea spegazziniana Kraenzl 1902

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I 1 - 12 Hoehne 1940 as C hystrix; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I 1 - 12 Hoehne 1940; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I 1 - 12 Hoehne 1940 as C kraenzliniana; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I 1 - 12 Hoehne 1940 as C leontoglossa; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 3 Orchidoideae Part 2 Vanilloideae Pridgeron, Cribb, Chase and Rasmusen 2003 drawing fide; 100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo fide;

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