Psychilis atropurpurea (Willd.) Sauleda 1988

Alba Form Photos courtesy of Linda & Mikael Karlbom in Stockholm/Sweden and their website


Plant in situ

Photos by Nick Cannazzaro in the Amazing Florida Keys

Part Sun HotWarm Spring SummerFall

Common Name The Dark Purple Psychilis

Flower Size 1.84" [4.6 cm]

Found in Dominican Republic and Haiti in cactus thorn scrub, semi-arid pine woods and broadleafed forests at elevations of sea level to 1100 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with pyriform, deeply ribbed pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 4, coriaceous, stiff, erect, linear to narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, truncate, smooth margins, involute leaves that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a terminal, erect, stiff, partially enveloped by tubular scarious sheaths, to 60" [150 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with scarious, ovate, acuminate floral bracts

Synonyms Encyclia atropurpurea (Willd.) Schltr.1914; *Epidendrum atropurpureum Willd. 1806; Epidendrum atropurpureum var. laciniatum Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf. 1935; Limodorum purpureum Lour. ex Steud. 1841

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum atropurpureum; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum atropurpureum var. laciniatum ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 not = Encyclia cordigera; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as E atropurpureum var lacinatum not = E cordigera; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as E atropurpureum var lacinatum in error; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum atropurpureum in error description = Encyclia cordigera; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing fide; The Cattleyas and their relatives Withner Vol IV 1996 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 ; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014