Microthelys rubrocallosa (B.L.Rob. & Greenm.) Garay 1980 publ. 1982

Side View of Flower

Lip Detail Photos by © Ron Coleman and the New Mexico Rare Plants Website

Collection Sheet Scan by © Jany Renz and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Common Name The Reddish Callus Microthelys - In USA The Green Medusa Orchid

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in New Mexico, Mexico and Guatemala in pine forests at elevations around 2440 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with 1 to 2, deep blue green, emerging prior to, or with the inflorescence and fading shortly after anthesis, basal, petiolate, narrowly lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, slender, 5 to 8 narrow tubular sheathed, 2.2 to 6.2" [5.5 to 15.5 cm] long, somewhat twisted, 10 to 30 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acute floral bracts and carrying sessile flowers

Synonyms Funkiella porphyricola Salazar & Soto Arenas 2011; Funkiella rubrocallosa (B.L.Rob. & Greenm.) Salazar & Soto Arenas 2011; Galeottiella rubrocalosa (B.L.Rob. & Greenm.) Szlach. 1991; Galeottiella rubrocalosa var. santa-elenae Szlach 1991; Microthelys santa-elenae (Szlach.) Szlach. 1996; Galeottiella santa-elenae (Szlach.) Szlach. 1994; Schiedeella rubrocalosa (B.L.Rob. & Greenm.) Burns-Bal. 1981; Spiranthes porphyricola Schltr. 1906; *Spiranthes rubrocallosa B.L.Rob. & Greenm 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 8(1) MARCH 1981 as Schieldeella rubrocallosa; [http://nmrareplants.unm.edu/rarelist_single.php?SpeciesID=222]The New Mexico Rare Plant Website

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