Psychilis correllii Sauleda 1988


Inflorescence Photos by Dr Paul Koo and courtesy of Hannah Leslie


Common Name Correll's Psychilis [American Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size 1.4" [3.4 cm]

Found on Anguilla, St Martin, St Barthelemy and now on St Eustatius Islands in the Caribbean. This is a first find for St Eustatius and the photo was sent in by a national park ranger, Hannah Leslie. There the plants are found on the northern hills of the island on rocky cliff faces, in very dry, sunny and windy locations at elevations of 100 to 200 meters. Elsewhere the plants are found in low scrub in coastal areas at elevations of sea level to 100 meters as a large to giant sized, hot growing lithophyte or very occasional epiphyte with crowded, narrowly oblong, distally attenuate, transversely 2 to 3 ringed pseuodbulbs carrying two, oblong-ligulate, acute, coriaceous, rigid, serrulate margined leaves that blooms from the summer through winter on a slender, to 3' 4" [1 meter] long, few branches, densely many flowered inflorescence almost completely covered by imbricating, sheaths and having successively opening flowers that last over several months.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as Epidendrum papilionaceum not = P correllii; *Phytologia Vo 65 No 1 1988; The Cattleyas and Their relatives Vol IV Withner 1996 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillinae Nir 2000;