Phragmipedium hirtzii Dodson 1988 SECTION Lorifolia Photo courtesy of Mark Flandre

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Common Name Hirtz' Phragmipedium [German Orchid Collector late 1900's]

Flower Size 3 1/2" [9 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Colombia at elevations of 500 to 900 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial or lithopyhte on large boulders near watercourses with distichous, imbricating, conduplicate leaf-bearing sheaths carrying distichous, coriaceous, linear, conduplicate from the middle to the base leaves held in a loose fan shape that blooms on an erect, terete, 16" [40 cm] long, 5 to 7 flowered inflorescence subtended by three distant appressed sheaths and having successively opening flowers held well above the plant occurring at most any time of the year.

Synonyms Paphiopedilum hirtzii (Dodson) V.A.Albert & Börge Pett. 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 568 Dodson 1989 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 11 1995 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007

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