Psychilis atropurpurea (Willd.) Sauleda 1988

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

Inflorescence

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; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum atropurpureum in error description = Encyclia cordigera; The Cattleyas and their relatives Withner Vol IV 1996 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

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