Panarica ionocentra [Rchb.f] Withner & Harding 2004 Photo by ©Jay Pfahl.

Another Flower Photo courtesy of © Dalton Holland Baptista.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt and his Orchid Photos Website

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Common Name The Violet Blue Spur Panarica

Flower Size 2 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia at elevations of 900 to 1600 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short broad pseudobulb that blooms in the spring with a terminal, racemose inflorescence with 20 to 24 flowers. Give ample sun, spring and summer waterings and less in the fall and winter.

Synonyms Encyclia ionocentra (Rchb. f.) Mora-Ret. & J. García 1990; Encyclia prismatocarpa var. ionocentra (Rchb.f.) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Epidendrum auriculigerum Rchb. f. 1888; *Epidendrum ionocentrum Rchb. f.1883; Epidendrum prismatocarpum var. ionocentrum (Rchb. f.) Teusch. 1969; Hormidium auriculigerum Rchb'f ?; Hormidium ionocentrum (Rchb. f.) Brieger 1977; Prosthechea ionocentra (Rchb. f.) W.E. Higgins 1883; Pseudencyclia ionocentra (Rchb.f.) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 5 1969 photo as Epidendrum prismatocarpum var ionocentrum; Die Orchideen #9 33-36 tafel 9 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Hormidium auriculigerum photo fide; Die Orchideen #9 33-36 tafel 9 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Hormidium ionocentrum photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Prosthechea ionocentra photo fide; *The Cattleyas & Their Relatives: Debatable Epidendrums: Withner & Harding 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo as Prosthechea ionocentra; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 9 2008 photo;

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