Sievekingia fimbriata Rchb. f. 1886 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

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Common Name The Fringed Sievekingia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in lower montane forests at elevations of 800 to 1200 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with pyriform, sulcate, pseudobulbs subtended by basal bracts with a single, apical, coriaceous, plicate, petiolate, elliptic-lanceolate, prominently ribbed leaf that blooms as the plant produces an incredible number of basal spikes, arising on mature pseudobulbs over several months, the pendant, racemose, 2 2/5" to 3 1/4" [6 to 8 cm] long, inflorescence emerge through the sides and bottom of their teakwood baskets each carrying a cluster of up to 15 gorgeous, short-lived (5 day), fragrant flowers occuring in the spring and summer. This species is often found in conjunction with ants and may benefit from their presence.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Flora 69: 449. 1886; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 1 1966 photo; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8 drawing Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1586 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004 photo;

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