!Physosiphon tubatus [Lodd.]Rchb.f 1861 Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens

Another View Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name The Tube-Forming Physosiphon

Flower Size to about 3/4" [1 to 2 cm]

This small sized, cool to cold growing epiphytc species occurs in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua on oaks in wet or dry forests at elevations of 1800 up to 3500 meters with erect or ascending, clustered, terete pseudobulbs subtended by scarious, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect ot erect, elliptic-oblanceolate, fleshy, obtuse and minutely retuse apically, gradually narrows below into the elongate conduplicate, petiolate base leaf and blooms mostly in the summer on a terminal, arcuate, simple, longer than the leaf, 3 to 14" [7 to 35 cm] long, laxly many [100] flowered inflorescence that has scarious, tubular spathaceous bracts and simultaneously opening flowers. Mount this species on tree fern or in small pots with tree fern fibre and give a cool moist environment with moderate indirect light and never allow to dry completely.

Synonyms Epidendrum emarginatum Ruiz & Pav. 1798; Humboltia emarginata Pav. ex Lindl. 1830; Physosiphon carinatus Lindley 1838; Physosiphon guatemalensis Rolfe 1891; Physosiphon lindleyi Rolfe 1893; Physosiphon loddigesii Lindley 1838; Physosiphon moorei Rolfe 1896; Physosiphon ochraceus A Rich & Gal. 1845; Pleurothallis emarginata Lindl. 1830; Pleurothallis tubata [Lodd.]Steud. 1841; Specklinia tubata (Lodd.) Luer 2005; Stelis emarginata (Lindl.) Soto Arenas & Solano 2002 publ. 2003; Stelis tacanensis Solano & Soto Arenas 2002 publ. 2003; *Stelis tubatus Lodd. 1830

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Physosiphon guatemalensis; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P lindleyi; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P loddigesii; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 7 1958 as P lindleyi drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as Epidendrum emarginatus; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 as P carinatus photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979 as Pleurothallis tubatus; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Physosiphon ochraceus drawing/photo hmm ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1075 Dodson 1984 as Physosiphon ochraceus drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Physosiphon loddigesii; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 as Pleurothallis tubatus; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 681 Hagsater & Soto 2002 as Stelis emarginata drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 693 Hagsater & Soto 2002 as Stelis tacanensis drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Specklinia tubata; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Stelis tubatus photo good