Draconanthes chingazaense Uribe Velz & Sauleda 2020

Side View Of Flower

Another Angle

Another Angle Photos by Jay Pfahl

Part shade Cold Summer

Common Name The Chingaza Draconanthes [A mountain and national park near Bogota Colombia]

Flower Size .44" [1.1 cm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia at elevations around 3100 to 3400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with light purple roots, an erect slender ramicaul enveloped by up to 5, ciliate, leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, oblong, otuse, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms at least in the summer on an erect, then arching to pendent, to 3.2" [8 cm] long, sublax, successively single to 14 flowered inflorescence with obovate, acute, longer than the verrucose ovary floral bracts.

Similar to D aberrans but differs mostly in the fused lateral sepals forming a canoe-like structure. Draconanthes chingazaense differs from all of the species of Draconanthes because it is the only species with the lateral sepals completely fused to the apex. In addition, the labellum of D. chingazaense is narrower and more elongated than the labellum of D. aberrens.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; New World Orchidaceae Nomenclature Notes # 82 A New Species of Draconanthes Luer (Orchidaceae, Pleurothallidinae) is Described From the Chingaza National Natural Park, Departmento de Cundinamarca, Colombia Uribe-Velez and Ruben P. Sauleda 2020 photo fide