Peristeria guttata Knowles & Westc. 1838

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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 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;