Myrmecophilia thomsoniana [Rchb.f] Rolfe 1917 SUBGENUS Chaunoschomburgkia Photo courtesy of Mark Nir and Orchidaceae Antillannae

Common Name Thomson's Dwarf Schomburgkia [English Plant Breeder 1800's]

Flower Size to 2 3/4" [7 cm]

Found in the Cayman Islands as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte in scrubby bushes close to the sea and exposed to full sun with curved, hollow pseudobulbs carrying a few apical, elliptic-ovate leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, to 4' [120 cm] long, sometimes branched inflorescence from which arise several to many [12 to 20] successively opening, fragrant flowers occuring over a long period.

In the Cayman Islands natives have used the dried pseudobulbs of this species to fashion pipes to smoke tobacco or ganja.

Synonyms *Bletia thomsoniana Rchb. f. 1887; Laelia thomsoniana [Rchb.f]L.O.Wms. 1941; Myrmecophila brysiana var. thomsoniana (Lem.) G.C. Kenn. 1979; Schomburgkia brysiana var. atropurpurea (Hook.f.) H.G.Jones 1963; Schomburgkia brysiana var minor [Hkr.] Jones 1966; Schomburgkia brysiana var thomsoniana [Rchb.f] Jones 1963 Schomburgkia thomsoniana Rchb.f 1877; Schomburgkia thomsoniana var minor Strachan ex Fawc. 1894; Schomburgkia thomsoniana var minor [Rchb.f] Hkr. 1902

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as S thompsonianus var minor; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 s thompsonianus var minor; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 5 1959 as Laelia thompsoniana; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960 as Laelia thompsoniana; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 1 1963 as S brysiana var thompsoniana; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as laelia thompsoniana; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 as Schomburgkia brysiana var minor appendix; Orquideologia Vol 12 3/4 1977/8 as Schomburgkia thompsoniana; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 10 1980 photo; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo/drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Schomburgkia thompsoniana;

Myrmecophilia thompsoniana [Rchb.f] Rolfe 1917 var semi-alba Photo courtesy of Mike Mazur

A color variation of the previous species.