Palmorchis lobulata (Mansf.) C.Schweinf. & Correll 1940

Drawing by Dodson, and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Warm fall

Common Name The Lobed Palmorchis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in French Guiana, Ecuador and Peru in very wet montane forests at elevations of 600 meters as a medium sized, warm growing terrestrial with a cane-like stem carrying to 10, thin, plicate, prominently veined, broadly elliptic to ovate-elliptic, acuminate, gradually narrowing and rounded below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, 2" [5 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with several ovate-lanceolate, acute bracts.

"Palmorchis lobulata is most similar to P. guianensis (Schltr.) C.Schweinf. & Correll, from which it differs in having broader leaves, 1.88 to 3.6" [4.7 to 9.0 cm] wide (vs. 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4.0 cm], lip with pilose margins in front (vs. glabrous, entire margins), lateral lobes rounded to truncate (vs. obtuse to rounded), subquadrate cushion-like callus and midlobe small, triangular (vs. narrower midlobe with an axial thickening and globose termination). " Damian & Torres 2018

Synonyms *Neobartlettia lobulata Mansf. 1928

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 196 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Lankesteriana 18: 193 - 206 Damain & Torres 2018 drawing fide