Palmorchis maculata Szlach. & Baranow 2013

TYPE Drawing by A Krol

Full Shade Hot LATE Fall

Common Name The Spotted Palmorchis [refers to the spots beneath the leaves]

Flower Size .72 to .8 [1.8 to 2 cm]

Found in Amazonas department of Colombia in forests at elevations around 200 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot growing terrestrial with erect, cane-like stems carrying 3 tto 4, towards the apex, plicate, oblong-lanceolate, acute to acuminate. densely to lightly spotted beneath, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late fall on a terminal, racemose, rachis [1.8 cm] long, , 1.6 [3.5 cm] long overall, subdensely 8 to 10 flowered inflorescence, with ovate-lanceolate, furfuraceous on both surfaces, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small, white flowers.

"The diagnostic feature of P. maculata is the prominent, 3-lobed lip callus, which distinguishes it clearly from both P. lobulata and P. pabstii Veyret. Additionally, the new species differs from the former by the larger flowers, with subcordate, acute epichile and pubescent basal half of hypochile. P. maculata is the only species of the genus known to us with spotted leaves." 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