Peristeria lindenii Rolfe 1891

Another Angle Photos by Rudolf Jenny and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Dissected Flower showing winged column Photos by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Color Form?

Another View? Photos courtesy of Gilberto Escobar Copyright , Leslie Garay Archives

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Common Name Linden's Peristeria [Belgian Plant collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

This robust, caespitose, large sized, hot to warm growing, epiphytic species comes from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador in montane rain forests and is found at elevations of 800 to 1000 meters with ovoid, tapering upward pseudobulbs subtended by several pairs of short scarious sheaths with 3 apical, plicate, lanceolate-elliptic, acute or acuminate, dark green, narrowing below into the short, conduplicate, channeled, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a basal, horizontal, short to 1 1/2" [4 cm] long, densly congested, sub-umbellate, racemose inflorescence arising as a new growth ememrges with small, concave, ovate-triangular, spotted with dark purple floral bracts and carries fragrant flowers.

The winged column seems to be the distinguishing factor here.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 977 Dodson 1984 drawing ?; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 150 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo ?; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo = P ephippium

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