Rodriguezia pulchra Løjtnant 1978 Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Another Flower?

Another Clone? Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Common Name or Meaning The Beautiful Rodriguezia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in eastern Ecuador and Peru in very wet montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 1650 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a short rhizome carrying narrowly ovate, flattened, sulcate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, subpetiolate, conduplicate towards the base leaf that blooms in the spring in Ecuador and fall in the nortern hemisphere on several, basal through the sheaths, 1 3/5" [4 cm] long, few to several [4 to 6] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb.

CAUTION!!!!! There are 3 distinct types above that are designated as R pulchra first photo is supported by Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 485 Dodson 1982 and Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol V Dodson 2004. The second photo is supported by Izerskyy 2011 and the third by Zelenko 2009. I cannot be sure of which photo is thp real R pulchra so please use with caution


References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 485 Dodson 1982 drawing fide to the first photo; Die Orchideen lieferung 31 Schlechter/Brieger 1995; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo 1st fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide to the third photo; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide to the second photo