Psilochilus modestus Barb. Rodr. 1882

Another Flower

Side View Of Flower Photo courtesy of Roberto Takase

another flower anglePhoto by David & Isabel Miller

Another Flower? in Brazil Photo by Marcelo Rodriguez and his Orchid photo Flickr website

Another Flower in Brazil? Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista

Common Name or Meaning The Insignificant Psilochilus

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Brazil at elevations around 150 to 1200 meters in dwarf scrub forest on lower branches of mossy trees as a medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with purple green stems carrying, obovate-lanceolate, acute, green above, purple below, 3 veined, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a 1" [2.5 cm] long, 2 to 3 successively flowered inflorescence carrying close, imbricating floral bracts.

This genus is widespread but not common and as such it is hard to find good information with good drawings about each species. I am fairly sure that all the photos within Psilochilus [At present three species are represented here but there are a total of 7] are correct for the genus but the species are in question.

Synonyms Pogonia modesta (Barb. Rodr.) Cogn. 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; von Martius, Eichler, Urban: "Flora Brasiliensis" vol. 3 pt. 4 tab. 27 1893-6 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing good to the 1st photo; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing not; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good 1st photo only; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1263 Dodson 1985 drawing hmm not?; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0367 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing not; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good to the first photo; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003