Palmorchis carlos-parrae Szlach. & Baranow 2013

TYPE Drawing by © A Krol

Full Shade Hot LATE Winter EARLYSpring LATESummer EARLYFall

Common Name Carlos Parra’s Palmorchis [Colombian collector of the type current]

Flower Size 2.56” [6.4 cm]

Found in Amazonas department of Colombia on lateritic soil, in wet areas at elevations around 100 to 500 meters as a large sized, hot growing terrestrial with erect, cane-like stems carrying towards the apex, plicate, oblong-elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, acute to acuminate. narrowly canaliculate into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall and again in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, 2.8 to 6” paniculate, branching, [7 to 15 cm] long, rachis furfuraceous, successively few, many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, pubescent on both surfaces, twice as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying large, thin segmented flowers.

"Palmorchis carlos-parrae is unique in the genus, not similar to any other species known to us. It is characterized by the large habit and leaves. Its flowers are also relatively large for the genus, with segments exceeding 1.2” [3 cm] in length. The lip is prominently 3-lobed, with the lateral lobes of the hypochile acute, falcate and the apex of midlobe long-acuminate. The surface of the lip is glabrous with two short lamellae near the lip center." Szlach. & Baranow 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Candollea 68, 108 Szlach. & Baranow, 2013 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 18: 193 - 206 Damain & Torres 2018