Gomphichis viscosa (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1919 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Common Name or Meaning The Sticky Gomphichis

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

Found in Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru at elevations around 2760 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with more or less robust, glabrous below, densely glandular pubescent above stems enveloped by several large tubular, acute sheaths and carrying mostly basal to sub basal, rosulate, oblong-lanceolate to elliptic-oblanceolate, acute to short-acuminate, gradually elongating petiolate base lower leaves and sessile, mostly bract-like upper leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, subdense to dense, to 9.4" [23 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with triangular to ovate-lanceolate, acute, puberulent to villose, floral bracts that are slightly shorter than the flowers.

Synonyms Gomphichis psilosepala Renz 1948; *Stenoptera viscosa Rchb.f. 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Fieldiana Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide

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