!Mesoglossum londesboroughianum (Rchb. f.) Halb. 1982 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

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Common Name Londesborough's Mesoglossum [English Lord and Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size to 2" [to 5 cm]

This medium to large sized, cool to warm growing, lithophytic or terrestrial species with deciduous leaves is from Guerrero State, Mexico at 1000 to 1200 meters in elevation, near Chilpancingo, growing on cliffs in full sun with ovoid, bilaterally compressed, olive green pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 pairs of foliaceous sheaths and carrying 2 to 3 apical, linear-lanceolate, acute leaves that are deciduous after flowering. It flowers in the fall and has a basal, erect, to 6' [180 cm] long, racemose or few branched, many [15 to 30] flowered, towards the apex inflorescence subtended by several sheaths and the long-lasting flowers are arranged alternately on the rachis, deciduous in late spring.

Synonyms Amparoa londesboroughiana (Rchb.f.) Archila 2009; *Odontoglossum londesboroughianum Rchb.f 1876; Rhynchostele londesboroughiana (Rchb.f.) Soto Arenas & Salazar 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Odontoglossum londesboroughianum photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Odontoglossum londesboroughianum drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Odontoglossum londesboroughianum; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 3 1973 as Odontoglossum londesbroughianum photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1080 Hagsater & Soto 2008 as Rhynchostele londesboroughiana drawing fide

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