Psychilis vernicosa (Dod) Sauleda 1988 Photo courtesy of Linda & Mikael Karlbom in Stockholm/Sweden and their website Copyright


Common Name The Varnished Psychilis

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in southwestern Dominican Republic at elevations around 1100 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with crowded, ovate-oblong, transversly 2 to 4 ringed, distally attenuate pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, ligulate to linear-lanceolate, acute, coriaceous, rigid leaf with entire or serrated margins that blooms in the winter and early spring on a terminal, slender, 14" [35 cm] long, few branched, densely few flowered with ovate acute bracts and carrying, showy, fragrant, waxy, shiny flowers

Synonyms *Encyclia vernicosa Dod 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytologia Vol 65 no 1 1988; Orchidaceae Antillinae Nir 2000; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 4 Withner 1996 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;