Schlimmia alpina Rchb. f. & Warsz. 1854 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Plant Photo by of the Agroriente Orchids Home Page

Another Flower Photo courtesy of David Morris and Clackamas Orchids Home Page


Common Name The Alpine Schlimmia

Flower Size about 2" [5 cm]

Found from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia as a medium sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose terrestrial with petiolate solitary leaves, found on steep rocky slopes in wet montane forests at elevations of 1000 to 3000 meters with a ovoid-pyriform, sulcate, glossy, dark green pseudobulb somewhat concealed by several sheaths at the base with a single, apical, narrow to broad elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, coriaceous, glossy, light olive green leaf with a channeled petiole that blooms with a pendant, 6" [15 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with inflated, infundibuliform, acuminate floral bracts all arising on a mature pseudobulb with a 4 to 6, medium sized, waxy, very fragrant, inverted flowers occuring in the winter. This species does best in a basket to accomodate the pendant inflorescence and needs a cold ever moist environment and should never be left to dry out.

Synonyms Schlimmia trifida Rchb. f. 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 as S trifida; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S trifida drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as S trifida drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 Foldats 1970 as S trifida drawing ok; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8 as S trifida drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 296 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 585 Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 as S trifida photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 568 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 drawing/photo good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 as S trifida; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 as S trifida photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing ok; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as S condorana photo fide;