Galeottia acuminata (C. Schweinf.) Dressler & Christenson 1988[1989] Photo courtesy of Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

Common Name The Gradually Tapering Point Galeottia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte and terrestrial in wet montane forests at elevations of 1500 to 1850 meters with cylindric, tapered, longitudinally ridged pseudobulbs subtended by imbricating, non-foliaceous sheaths and carrying 2, plicate, oblong-lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate leaves that have a channelled petiole and blooms on a laxly, lateral-arching, 12 1/2" [32 cm] long, racemose, few [4 to 6] flowered inflorescence that arises on a newly developing pseudobulb with fleshy, glossy, showy flowers and large inflated floral bracts occuring in the winter in nature.

Synonyms Mendoncella acuminata (C. Schweinf.) Garay 1973; *Zygopetalum acuminatum C. Schweinf. 1944

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1000 Dodson 1984 as Zygopetalum acuminatum drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0341 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 27 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 256 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide

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