Selenipedium steyermarkii Foldats 1961

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of G.C.K. Dunsterville Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

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Common Name Steyermark's Selenipedium [American Botanist in Venezuela 20th cent]

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela in cloud forests in sandy soil amongst rocks and fairly open scrubby trees on steep slopes at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters as a large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial orchid with an elongated, slender stem carrying lanceolate-linear, plicate, acute leaves that blooms on a terminal, short to 10" [to 25 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence that are very short lived and have inflated floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 11 1980 photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide

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