!Otostylis brachystalix (Rchb.f.) Schltr.1918 Photo by newsday.co.tt

Inflorescence

Part shadehot Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Short Column Otostylis - in Trinidad - Aripo orchid

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Brazil in swampy peaty soil in fairly tall montane forests at elevations of 50 to 300 meters as a medium to large sized, hot growing terrestrial with ovoid-pyriform pseduobulbs enveloped completetly by distichous sheaths and the bases of the plicate, strongly nerved, linear, acute, narrowing into the conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, to 28" [to 70 cm] long, terete, light green, glabrous, to 20 flowered inflorescence that can occasionally branch basally to form another vertical inflorescence

Synonyms Aganisia brachystalix (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1914; Koellensteinia brachystalix Schltr. 1915; *Zygopetalum brachystalix Rchb.f. 1863

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Zygopetalum brachystalix; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing ok; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; 1st Supplelment to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 27 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok;

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