Prosthechea pulchra Dodson & W.E.Higgins 2001 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Dodson & Bennett and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

part Shade Cold LATE Fall Winter

Common Name The Beautiful Prosthechea

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 2600 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with oblong, somewhat flattened, sulcate pseduobulbs carrying 1 to 2, apical, erect, oblong-lanceolate, acute, conduplicate basally leaves that blooms in the late fall and winter on a terminal, shorter than the leaf to 2" [5 cm] long, 9 to 12 flowered inflorescence arising through a conduplicate spathe with 1 to 2 short bracts and small floral bracts.

Synonyms Anacheilium vinaceum Withner & P.A.Harding 2004; Encyclia pulcherrima Dodson & D.E.Benn. 1989; Prosthechea vinacea Christenson 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ; IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Orchids of Peru Plate 0054 Dodson & Bennett 1989 as Encyclia pulcherrima drawing fide;