Govenia liliacea (Lex.) Lindl. 1839

Lip Detail Photos By Paul Ancalmo and His Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers in situ

Comparison with Govenia supurba on right Photos by Weyman Bussey

Plant comparrison shot Photo by Greenwood and The Herbario AMO Website

Common Name The Lily Like Govenia

Flower Size

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 1000 to 3000 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a short, stout, fleshy, cylindric, tapering pseudobulb carrying 2 apical, plicate, elliptic, shortly acute or lanceolate-acuminate, contracted below into the sheathing base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, leafless scape, racemose to subcapitate, shorter to, equal to or longer than the leaf, few to many flowered inflorescence with the base enveloped by imbricating, tubular bracts

Synonyms Eucnemis brevilabris Lindl. 1833; Govenia deliciosa Rchb.f. 1852; Eulophia liliacea (Lex.) Lindl. 1833; Govenia brevilabris (Lindl.) Hemsl. 1884; *Maxillaria liliacea Lex. in La Llave & Lexarza 1825;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo ok; Orquidea [Mex} 8(1) Greenwood 1981 photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 755 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1223 Dodson 1985 as G deliciosa drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as G deliciosa drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991 as G deliciosa; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) FEBRERO 12(2). 1992. photos fide; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo good; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo good;