!Degranvillea dermaptera Determann 1985

Inflorescence Photos by © Sébastien Sant/Parc Amazonien de Guyanae and The Flore de Guyane Website

Plant in situ Fr Guiana Photo by © Guy Chiron and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Full shade Warm LATEspring

Common Name The Thin Wing Degranvillea [Refers to the insect order of earwigs - Dermaptera because of the superficial similarity to the labellar appendages to the modified cerci of earwigs]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in French Guiana in submontane seasonally dry forests in thin humus layers at elevations around 630 meters as a miniature to small sized warm growing mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with no leaves and an erect stem almost completely enveloped in the first third of the stem by imbricate becoming not above, triangular, inflated below, more appressed above sheaths that blooms in the late spring on an erect, terminal, flaccid, 5.6" [14 cm] long, rachis .4" [1 cm] long, congested, simultaneously 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence carrying sparsely pubescent flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 54: Vol#2 174 Determann 1985 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001 drawings ok