Selenipedium palmifolium (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1854

Another View in situ Trinidad Photo by Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Palm-Leaf Selenipedium

Flower Size 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm]

Found in Trinidad, Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil evergreen forests often near marshy areas at elevations of sea level to 400 meters as a very large, hot to warm growing terrestrial found in poor acidic soil and medium shade with a terete, occasionally branching, densly and coarsely glandular-hairy stems carrying narrowly oblong to narrowly elliptic, glabrous above, sparsely pubescent below, acute leaves and blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, to 8" [to 20 cm] long, few to several successively flowered inflorescence with broadly lanceolate, glandular-hairy floral bracts with never more than one flower at a time all occuring over several months.

Synonyms *Cypripedium palmifolium Lindl. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969; Die Orchideen #3 9-12 tafel 4 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing; Boletim CAOB Vol 50 2003; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003

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