Myrmecophila exaltata (Kraenzl.) G.C. Kenn. 1979 SUBGENUS Chaunoschomburgkia

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower

Photo by Tennis Maynard

Inflorescence

Photo by Sandy Greeman

Common Name The Long-Stalked Myrmecophila

Flower Size 1.65" [4.2 cm]

Found in southern Mexico and northern Guatemala on the Caribbean side in lower montane forests and scrub as a large to giant sized, hot growing epiphyte with thickly cylindrical, strongly ribbed, short pseudobulbs carrying 3 apical, rigid leaves and blooms in the spring and early summer on a terminal, 7' [2.25 meters] long, many [to 80] flowered, paniculate inflorescence with many dark purple flowers.

Synonyms Schomburgkia exaltata Kraenzl. 1926; Schomburgkia tibicinis var. exaltata (Kraenzl.) H.G. Jones 1965

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 as Schomburgkia exaltata photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Schomburgkia exaltata; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #7 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #7 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #9 2016 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018

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