Microchilus major C.Presl 1827

Another Drawing

Drawing by Bennett & Christenson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Drawing

Drawing by Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Hot Cold MID Summer Fall

Common Name The Large Microchilus [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, Ecuador and Peru in cool wet cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 2500 meters as a medium sized [in flower], warm to cold growing terrestrial with a decumbent, becoming erect stem carrying 5, spiraling up the stem, well spaced, lanceolate, acuminate, mottled light and dark green, petiolate base leaves clustered towards the apex that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, terminal, racemose, long pedunculate, pubescent, to 8" [20 cm] long, rachis initially club-like elongating and becoming cylindric with age, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with ovate, obtuse, pubescent, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small, tubular, spirally arranged flowers

Synonyms Erythrodes hetaerioides (Schltr.) Ames 1922; Erythrodes major (C.Presl) Ames 1922; Microchilus hetaerioides (Schltr.) Ormerod 2002; Physurus hetaerioides Schltr. 1920; Physurus major (C.Presl) Schltr. 1921; Physurus preslii Lindl. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 70 Schlechter 1920 as Physurus hetaerioides; Studies in the family Orchidaceae Vol VII Ames 1922 as Erythrodes hetarioides; Studies in the family Orchidaceae Vol VII Ames 1922 as Erythrodes major; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as Erythrodes major; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum plate 101 Dodson 1980 as Erythrodes major drawing hmm; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 477 Bennett & Christenson 1998 as Erythrodes major drawing fide; Macchu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003 as Erythrodes major; Orchids of the Department of Valle del Cauca Vol 1 Kolanowski & Szlachetko 2012 drawing ok

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