Govenia alba A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845 Photo by Rodolfo Hernandez

Plant and Flowers Photo by Johnson Bridgewater

Common Name The White Govenia

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico south to Guatemala and El Salvador in humid woods at elevations of 1000 to 1700 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial with a tuberous rhizome giving rise to onion shaped pseudobulbs enveloped by inflated sheaths and carrying 2 apical, plicate leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, racemose, to 17" [to 48 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence which is enveloped towards the base by purple red, inflated sheaths.

Synonyms Govenia mutica Rchb.f. 1852

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1881 as G mutica drawing; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Govenia mutica drawing/photo ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 756 Dodson 1982 as Govenia mutica drawing good; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as G deliciosa drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991 as G mutica; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide;