Schiedeella albovaginata (C.Schweinf.) Burns-Bal. 1981 Photo courtesy of Eduoard Faria

Part Shade WarmCool LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning The White Vaginate Scheideella [refers to the large wite striped brown, papery floral bracts]

Flower Size

Found in central and southwestern Mexico on rocky hills and grassy openings in pine/oak forests at elevations of 1900 to 2100 meters as an erect, leafless at flowering, medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial orchid with an erect stem and then a 10 to 12, imbricate, pale brown to white, very thin, almost transluscent, papery, sheathing bracts and then an inflorescence that is to 6" [15 cm] long carries 20 to 30 flowers held in several ranks and has glabrous, lanceolate, attenuate or narrowly acuminate floral bracts through which the narrow fragrant flowers protrude in the late winter and early spring.

Synonyms Deiregyne albovaginata (C.Schweinf.) Garay 1980 publ. 1982 *Spiranthes albovaginata C.Schweinf. 1937; Stenorrhynchos albovaginatum (C.Schweinf.) Szlach. 1992

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Novo-Galiciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Spiranthes albovaginata; The Orchids of Mexico Hagsater 2005; The Orchids Of Mexico Digital Catalog Hagsater 2007

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