!Guanchezia maguirei (C.Schweinf.) G.A.Romero & G.Carnevali 2000 Photo courtesy of © Dalton Holland Baptista and © Orchidstudium
Common Name Maguire's Guanchezia [American Collector of species]
Flower Size 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm]
Found in Amazonas, Venezuela on the border of savannahs in southern slope hammocks or in boggy savannahs at elevations of 1200 to 1600 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial with an abbreviated, stout rhizome giving rise to ovoid to oblong-ovoid, irregularily furrowed with age pseudobulbs enveloped almost completely by a few close sheaths or the fibers of older scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, plicate, elliptic-oblong to lanceolate-elliptic, acute to acuminate, chartaceous, 5 to 7 nerved and conspicuous below, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, terete, channeled, rigid petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a lateral, decumbent at the base of the pseudobulb then becoming erect, 52.2" [130.5 cm] long, very loosely to 2 [rarely 3] flowered inflorescence with 8 to 10, close, tubular, shortly imbricating below and large and remote above sheaths with conspicuous, deeply concave and amplexicaul, elliptic-ovate when expanded, acute floral bracts and carrying large and showy flowers.
Synonyms *Bifrenaria maguirei C.Schweinf.1959
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 3 1959 drawing fide as Bifrenaria maguirei; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 5 1973 photo fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as Bifrenaria maguirei drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Bifrenaria maguirei drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 29 Schlechter/Brieger 1994 as Bifrenaria maguirei; *Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide