Pabstia modestior ( Rchb.f. ) Garay 1973 Photo by Gustavo Righelato

Plant in situ in Sao Paulo state of Brazil

Another Plant Photos courtesy of Jay Pfahl.

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Common Name The Modest Pabstia

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

A medium sized,hot to cool growing, epiphytic or lithophytic species from coastal Brazil occuring at altitudes of 200 to 1500 meters in rainforest or cloud forests in shady and humid locations with clustered, narrowly ovoid to ovoid-oblong, compressed, ancipitous, somewhat sulcate pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, subcoriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, shortly acuminate, basally long-attenuate leaves that blooms in the spring or early summe with one to four, fragrant flowers on a basal, 9" [22.5 cm] long, erect or arching spike as the new growth appears with oblong-lanceolate, long-acuminate floral bracts.

This species needs shady, well watered conditions until the pseudobulb becomes mature in the late fall, then less water should be given.

Synonyms *Colax modestior Rchb.f 1860; Colax viridis var trimaculatus Porsch 1906;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen lieferung 27 Schlechter/Brieger 1993; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilenses I Plate 090 Castro & Campacci 2000 drawing fide;

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