Prosthechea magnispatha [Ames, Hubbard, & Schweinf.] Higgins 1997 Photo by John Varigos and His Orchid webpage

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey


Common Name The Large Sheathed Prosthechea

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Endemic to Mexico as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte of wet montane oak and mixed forests at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters with clustered, strongly flattened pseudobulbs carrying 2 to3, apical, that blooms in the fall and winter on an apical, simple, 4 3/4" to 12 " [12 to 30 cm] long, 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence arising through a large basal spathe.

It is similar to E. boothiana exept that the plant is larger and the flowers are at least twice as large in all parts, has blunter perianth segments, differently shaped petals and the midlobe of the lip is not emarginate.

Synonyms Encyclia magnispatha (Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf.) Dressler 1961; *Epidendrum magnispathum Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1934; Pseudencyclia magnispatha (Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf.) V.P.Castro & Chiron, Richardiana 4: 33 (2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum magnispathum; The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide;