Phragmipedium kovachii J.T.Atwood, Dalström & R.Fernández G. 2002 SECTION Micropetalum

Side View of Flower Photos by Jay Pfahl

Original Type Plant

Kovach and his Phragmipedium Photos courtesy of Lee Moore

Partial Sun Cool Spring

Common Name Kovach's Phragmipedium [American Collector of Species Current]

Flower Size 7 1/4" [18 cm]

Discovered in 2002 in Peru as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid and since imbroiled in a CITIES hissy fit. This species may be the downfall of the orchid collector and maybe even the scientific community involved in its description. Marie Selby Gardens has been fined for it's participation in describing this species and has asked that the name be changed to P. peruvianum, a virtual impossibility because of nomenclature rules that have no directives in place to acheive it. The name stays here as in-country politics [Both Peru's and the United States] cannot affect the worldwide, scientific community's, nomenclature rules.

Found exclusively in northeastern Peru in the Dept of Amazonas at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters as a large sized, cool to warm growing terestrial on rocky slopes with pebblely soil and rocky sand and blooms in the spring on an erect, to 3' [to 90 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with up to four flowers occuring in the spring

Synonyms Phragmipedium peruvianum Christenson 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 7 2002 as Phrag peruvianum; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 10 2003; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 1 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 1 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 2 2004 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 2 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 4 2005 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 3 2008 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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