Myrmecophila brysiana (Lem.) G.C. Kenn. 1979 SUBGENUS Chaunoschomburgkia

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Common Name Brys's Schomburgkia [French Gardener - First Bloomer of Species 1800's]

Flower Size 2.5" [6.25 cm]

This large sized, hot growing epiphytic species is from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia in low dense mangroves along rivers and seashores at elevations of sealevel to 200 meters and has fusiform-conical, hollow, sulcate pseudobulbs carrying 2, very coriaceous, ovate-elliptic, retuse at the rounded apex leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, 3' [90 cm] long, erect, paniculate inflorescence partly covered by sterile sheathing bracts and fertile, triangular, acute floral bracts with many, showy flowers.

Similar to M. tibicinis but different in having a distinct claw at the base of the midlobe of the lip and having 3 raised or elevated veins on the disc while tibicinis has 5 to 7.

This species is often found in conjunction with ants and may benefit from their presence.

Synonyms *Schomburgkia brysiana Lem. 1851; Schomburgkia campecheana [Lem] Kraenzlin 1903

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 1 1963 Drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 5 1963 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 3/4 1977/8 as Schomburgkia campecheana; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1049 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 as Schomburgkia brysiana photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #7 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #11 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #9 2016 photo fide;