Microchilus nigrescens (Schltr.) Ormerod 2002

Plant and Flowers in situ Panama Photos by © Wilfried Löderbusch

Deep shadeHot CoolLATEWinterEARLYSpring Summer

Common Name The Blackish Microchilus

Flower Size .2" [4mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador in premontane to lower montane cloud forests at elevtions of 400 to 1800 meters as a small to large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial in deep shade with an elongate rhizome giving rise to an elongate stem carrying 5 to 8, convolute, elliptic-ovate, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the distinct petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter, spring and summer on a terminal, 12 to 14" [30 to 35 cm] long, densely, somewhat successively many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Erythrodes killipii Ames 1921; Erythrodes nigrescens (Schltr.) Ames 1922; Microchilus killipii (Ames) Ormerod 2002; Physurus nigrescens Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the family Orchidaceae Vol VII Ames 1922 as Erythrodes nigrescens; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Erythrodes killipii; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1532 Atwood 1993 as Erythrodes killipii drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 as Erythrodes nigrescens drawing fide; Manual De Plants De Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Erythrodes killipii drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 as Erythrodes killipii photo fide;

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