Microchilus venezuelanus (Garay & Dunst.) Ormerod 2002

Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Warm

Common Name The Venezuelan Microchilus

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Venezuela in forests at elevations around 600 meters as a miniature to small sized [in flower], warm growing terrestrial with a decumbent, becoming erect, fairly slender, glabrous stem carrying narrowly lanceolate, dorsally shiny and glacous, ventrally dull shiny velvety, ovate, acute, subpetiolate, tapering, lightly sulcate base leaves that blooms on an erect, terminal, slender, racemose, peduncle terete, glabrous, rachis lightly pubescent, to 6" [to 15 cm] long overall, densely, successively few, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Erythrodes venezuelana Garay & Dunst. 1976; Physurus venezuelanus Schltr. ex Knuth 1927

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as Erythrodes venezulana drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle del Cauca Vol 1 Kolanowski & Szlachetko 2012

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