Mormodes uncia Rchb. f. 1859 SECTION Coelodes

Plant and Flowers in situ Mexico Photos by Neftali Vasquez Garcia from Mexico

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Common Name The Claw Mormodes

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found only in Oaxaca Mexico in the Sierra Madre de Sur on rotten logs in deep humus accumulations in moderately dry cloud forest at elevations of 1700 to 2100 meters as a medium to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ovoid to ovoid-fusiform pseudobulbs enveloped basally by imbricate leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying distichous, plicate, narrowly elliptic, acute, basally clasping and articulate to the leaf sheaths below that blooms in the spring on a basal, one-sided, racemose, 6" [15 cm] long, few to several flowered, arcuate, pendulous inflorescence arising on the most recent matured pseudobulb as a new growth arises with subacute, ovate floral bracts and monomorphic, protrandric, wide open, resupinate flowers

Synonyms Mormodes greenei Hook.f. 1869; Mormodes incisa Rchb.f. 1879

ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as M greenii; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 3 1982 photo ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 26 Schlechter/Brieger 1992 as M unicum and M uncium drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 628 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide to 1st photo

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