!Isabelia virginalis Barb. Rodr. 1877

Flower closeup Photos courtesy of ROMAN MARUSKA and his Orchid Species Website.

Plant, Flower And Woven Basket Photo courtesy of Mauro Peixoto Copyrighted and his Brazilian Plants Website

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Common Name The Virgin Isabella Orchhid

Flower Size 1/4" [1 cm]

An eastern Brazilian, small sized, creeping, epiphytic, cool to hot growing species growing in debris filled crevices on eroded sandstone outcroppings with a basket-like weave of fibers covering the clustered, ovoid-globose psudeobulb with a single, apical, erect, needle like, curved and flexuous, blunt leaf, that is best mounted on tree fern slabs so that it will bloom on a short, terminal inflorescence with a spathaceous bract, that has 1 or 2 waxy, long-lived, Cattleya-like flowers occuring in the late fall an winter.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 9 1996 drawing; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 photo fide; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 3 1998 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 7 2004 photo; 100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo ok; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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