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Common Name or Meaning The Different Colored Warczewiczella

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

A miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a fan of leaves without pseudobulbs that loves humidity and good air movement, is found in Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador in premontane and lower montane forests on larger branches and trunks of trees at elevations of 700 to 1850 meters. They appreciate shade and do best in a basket with some sphagnum mixed with wood chips. They lack pseudobulbs and have a short stem that can branch at the base to form small tufts, and give rise to a fan of overlapping, articulate, lanceolate, flexible, pointed pale green leaves with an erect, basal, 5" [12.5 cm] long, inflorescence arising on a newly forming growth and shorter than the leaves and subtended by a basal sheath with a single, waxy, long lasting, fragrant flower that appears from spring through the fall.

Synonyms Chondrorhyncha discolor [Lindley]P.H.Allen 1949; Cochleanthes discolor [Lindley]R.E.Schultes 1954; *Warrea discolor Lindley 1849; Zygopetalum discolor [Lindley] Rchb.f 1861

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; J. Hort. Soc. London 4: 265. 1849 as Warrea discolor; Paxtoní Flower Garden 1: 73. 1850 as Warrea discolor; *Bot. Zeit. Berlin 10: 636. 1852; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as Warscewicziella discolor drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 67. Panama Schlechter 1922; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 53. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Warszewiczella discolor; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 139. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Warszewiczella discolor; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Warscewicziella discolor; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Chondrorhyncha discolor; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Chondrorhyncha discolor; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as Cochleanthes discolor ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970 as Cochleanthes discolor; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Cocleanthes discolor drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1414 Atwood 1992 as Cochleanthes discolor drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 27 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 as Cochleanthes discolor drawing/photo fide to the first photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 1 1994 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 1 1998 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 6 2004 drawing; Huntleyas and Related Orchids Harding 2008; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide;

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