Deiregyne falcata (L.O.Williams) Garay 1980 publ. 1982 Photo by © Gerardo A. Salazar

Common Name The Falcate Deiregyne [refers to the floral bracts]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Mexico and Honduras in open pine-oak forests among pine needles on relatively dry montane Pacific slopes at elevations around 2200 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem enveloped by basal bracts, greenish and withered at blooming, and above, transluscent, brown lined bracts that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, rachis 1.6 to 3.6" [ 4 to 9 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence with the flowers concealed partially by imbricating, ovate to obovate, acuminate bracts similar to those below and carrying diurnally fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Oestlundorchis falcata (L.O.Williams) Szlach. 1991; Oestlundorchis falcata subsp. velatoides Szlach. 1991; Oestlundorchis velatoides (Szlach.) Szlach. & R.González 1994; Schiedeella falcata (L.O.Williams) Burns-Bal. 1981; *Spiranthes falcata L.O.Williams 1946

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ORQUIDEA (Méx . ) 8(1) 1981 as Schiedeella falcata; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 Orchidaceae McVaugh 1985 as Spiranthes falcata drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearaum Vol 3 Orchiodeae Part 2 Vanilloideae Pridgeon, Cribb. Chase & Rasmusen 2003 Photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez Lopez & Dressler 2005 photo fide;