Dendrophylax alcoa Dod 1983

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Plant and Flower

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Donald Dod

Partial Shade Cool LATERFall EARLIERWinter

Common Name The Alcoa Dendrophylax [refers to the Alcoa Exploration Company who donated use of vehicles, equipment and guides to explore their Concession]

Flower Size .14" [3.5 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic in Las Abejas in the Sierra de Baoruco and in Cuba in broadleafed florests at elevations around 1300 to 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing leafless epiphyte with out leaves and an insignificant stem with numerous, gray-tan, fasciculate, to 12" [30 cm] long roots that blooms in the later fall and earlier winter on 1 to 3, fasciculate, sparsely tuberculate, filiform, rarely branched, subfractiflex, distichous, successively single, laxly up to 2 open at once, to many flowered inflorescence with verrucose, truncate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, yellow flowers.

"Distinguished by the trilobed lip that is not unguiculate and a tuberculate ovary as well as the smallest flowers of the genus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Moscosoa 2: 5 Dod 1983 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014