Coelia guatemalensis Rchb. f. 1861

Plant and Flowers ,P. Photos by Inguna Krastina


Common Name or Meaning The Guatemalan Coelia

Flower Size More than 2" [more than 5 cm]

Chiapas Mx, 2195m elev, Between San Cristobal las Casas & Comitan, Oak, Pine, Juniper forest,

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras at elevations of 1600 to 2600 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte on oaks or lithophyte on rocks in moist pine oak forests with clustered, glossy, olive green, ovoid to ellipsoid pseudobulbs carrying to 5, plicate, ribbed, thick, acuminate, petiolate leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a basal, 8" [20 cm] long, bracteate, racemose inflorescence with hooded bracts and has up to 7 fragrant flowers, arising basally on the new pseudobulb growth.

Synonyms Bothriochilus guatemalensis (Rchb. f.) L.O. Williams 1940

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Bothriochilus guatemalensis; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Hamer 1974 as Bothriochilus guatemalensis drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984 as Bothrochilus guatemalensis AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 6 1987 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Bothrochilus guatemalensis drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1015 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018