!Hagsatera brachycolumna (L.O. Williams) R. González 1974 Photo courtesy of David Hunt

Fragrance Part Sun WarmCoolMOST OFTENWinterTHROUGH Spring

Common Name The Short-Columned Hagsatera

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm]

Found in Guerrero, Oaxaca and Mexico states of Mexico in windy, open, oak forests at elevations of 1400 to 1950 meters as a creeping, medium to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to narrowly conical-fusiform, slightly compressed, purple-maroon pseudobulbs arising when mature from a node just below the swollen part of the pseuedobulb and carrying a single, apical, suberect-arcuate, coriaceous, linear to lanceolate, obtuse, dull green leaf that gives rise to an axillary, racemose, 3/4 to 7/8" [2 to 2.2 cm] long, few to several [to 14] flowered inflorescence that arises on a newly forming pseudobulb with triangular, acute bracts and subcampanulate, nutant flowers that smell of old cheese and are clustered towards the apex and occuring most often in the late winter through spring

This species differs from H rosilloi [the only other species in the genus] by having longer and neater keels on the lip that is basically green with the margins and veins in purple but not entirely purple.

Synonyms Encyclia brachycolumna [L.O.Wms.] Dressler 1961; *Epidendrum brachycolumnum L.O. Williams 1942

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 5 1958 drawing as Epidendrum brachycolumna; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol V Withner 1998 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 photo not = H rossiloi; *The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1025 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide

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