Phragmipedium pearcei [Rchb.f] Rauh & Senghas 1975 Photo courtesy of © Lourens Grobler

Another Color Variation Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dennis Westler

Flower Detail Photo courtesy of Jean Claude George

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Common Name Pearce's Phragmmipedium [English Orchid Collector late 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

A small sized, cool to warm growing, Peruvian, Colombian, Costa Rican and Ecuadorian terrestrial or lithophytic orchid often near rivers and on boulders within rivers, at elevations of 300-1200 meters. It has no psuedobulbs but it's growths are close together and have leaf fans made up of imbricating, conduplicate leaf-bearing sheaths carrying distichous, coriaceous, linear, pointed, curved 10", conduplicate from the middle to the base leaves that give rise to a terminal, stiff, erect and pubescent, 5 1/2" [14 cm] long, purple, successive opening, multiflowered inflorescence that occurs in the summer and has non fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Cypripedium caricinum Lindl. & Paxton 1850-1; Cypripedium pearcei Veitch ex J.Dix 1864; Cypripedium pearcei (Rchb. f.) hort. ex J.H. Veitch 1889; Paphiopedilum caricinum (Lindl. & Paxton) Pfitzer 1895; Paphiopedilum ecuadorense (Garay) V.A.Albert & Börge Pett. 1994; Paphiopedilum pearcei (Rchb.f.) V.A.Albert & Börge Pett. 1994; Phragmipedium caricinum (Lindl. & Paxton) Rolfe 1896; Phragmipedium ecuadorense Garay 1978; Phragmipedium pearcei var. ecuadorense (Garay) C.Cash ex O.Gruss 1994; Phragmopedilum caricinum Rolfe ex Pfitzer 1903; Selenipedium longifolium Rchb.f 1854; Selenipedium caricinum (Lindl. & Paxton) Rchb. f. 1854; *Selenipedium pearcei Rchb. f. 1866

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 as P ecuadorense drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 11 1981 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 11 1981 photo as P ecuadorense; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 10 1983 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 569 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0153 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 11 1992 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 11 1992 photo as P ecuadoriense; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 5 1999 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000 as P ecuadorense; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 741 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 2 2005 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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