Psychilis truncata (Cogn.) Sauleda 1988

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Plant in natural setting Photos by Jay Pfahl

P truncata forma tubichila Photo by Claude W. Hamilton of Hamlyn Orchids

Flower Closeup Photos by Eladio M. Fernandez 2005


Common Name The Truncate Psychilis

Flower Size 3/8" to 1"

This unifoliate species is found in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in mangroves, scrub forests and pinelands on trees, or as a lithophyte or terrestrial on cliff walls at elevations of sea level to 1100 meters and is a small to large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte, terrestrial with slender-ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, coriaceous, linear-lanceolate, to ligulate, acute, erose dentate marginally leaves that blooms on a terminal, to 28" [70 cm] long, erect, branching, capitate, successively to 18 flowered inflorescence with sweetly fragrant, 3/8" flowers in the spring and summer and can rebloom out of old or damaged spikes.

Synonyms Encyclia truncta [Cogn.] Beckner 1970; Epidendrum eggersii Cogn. 1910; *Epidendrum truncatum Cogn. 1910; Psychilis truncata var. tubichila Dod 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum eggersii; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum truncatum; *Phytologia Vol 65 No 1 1988; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 4 1996 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2005 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 photo fide;