Peristeria guttata Knowles & Westc. 1838

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Part shadeHot LATEWinterEARLYSpring

Common Name The Spotted Peristeria

Flower Size1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, Brazil and Peru in tropical wet forests as a medium to large sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphyte at elevations around 400 meters with an ovoid, smooth, trifoliate pseudobulb subtended by several pairs of basal sheaths soon evanescent with a coriaceous, dark green, plicate, articulated leaf with a channeled petiole that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an arching, basal, 2 to 3 1/2" [5 to 8 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising as a new growth appears with acuminate bracts carrying globose, fleshy flowers that only partialy open.

Synonyms Peristeria cerina var guttata [Knowl & Westc.] Rchb.f 1852;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing not = P cerina fide; Flora de VenezuelaVolumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = P cerina fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 345 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 as P sp # 1245 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo not = P cerina fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo not hmm;