!Mexipedium xerophyticum (Soto Arenas, Salazar & Hágsater) V.A. Albert & M.W. Chase 1992 Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Another Plant Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougherty

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Common Name The Dry-Growing Mexipedium

Flower Size 1/2 to 1"

Found in southern Mexico on limestone outcrops with xerophytic vegetation surrounded by rainforests and warm oak forests at an elevation of 350 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing lithophyte occuring on eastern facing slopes that has moderate water in midspring, and heavy water through the summer, then a 3 month dry period from mid winter until spring. This species has a conspicuous, erect, scarious sheathed rhizome with 1.2 to 8" [3 to 20 cm] between each growth consisting of a short stem completely enveloped by a few to several, imbricate, disitchous, linear, carinate, basally conduplicate and clasping leaves that blooms in the fall on a pubescent, 2 1/2 to 5 1/2" [6.75 cm to 13.75 cm] long inflorescence arising from the leaf axils and carries one or 2 short-lived, small flowers.

Synonyms Paphiopedilum xerophyticum (Soto Arenas, Salazar & Hágsater) V.A.Albert & Börge Pett. 1994; *Phragmipedium xerophyticum Soto Arenas, Salazar & Hágsater 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 3 1995 as Phragmipedium xerophyticum drawing/photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 5 2000 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 2 2002 photo as Phragmipedium xerophyticum; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 623 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 2 2005 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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