Gomphichis caucana Schltr. 1920

Plant in situ and Inflorescence

Plant in situ and Inflorescence Photos by Universidad de los Andes and the Chingaza Botanical Website


Common Name The Cauca Gomphichis [refers to the department of Colombia where it is found]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in wet upper montane cloud forests at elevations of 2700 to 3800 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a fan of 8, basal, oblanceolate-ligulate, fleshy, acute to subacuminate, tapering towards the base leaves that blooms in the winter, spring and earlier summer on an erect, 16" [40 cm] long, cylindric, densely many flowered inflorescence enveloped by loose-fitting, lanceolate, subacute, pubescent sheaths, the lower ones may be foliaceous.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determiantion as it involves a dissection of the flower so please use with caution. The leaves in all drawings are elongate-linear to oblanceolate-ligulate, those in the photo are triangular-ovate and very short.

Synonyms Gomphichis foliosa Ames 1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats as G foliosa Drawing hmm leaves wrong; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing hmm leaves are wrong; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing hmm leaves are wrong; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing hmm leaves are wrong; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm leaves are wrong;