Spathoglottis x parsonsii [Ames & Quis] Ames & Quisumbing 1948 Photo courtesy of Joji Castaneda-Lapuz

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Common Name Parsons' Spathoglottis [American orchid enthusiast in the Philippines 1900's]

Flower Size 1.8 to 2.2" [4 to 5.5 cm]

Spathoglottis x parsonsii (Ames & Quisumbing) is a natural hybrid first found in Baguio City in North Luzon in the Philippines. Its parent species are S. plicata and S. vanovergerghii, which are both common in this area. The flower shape is that of S. plicata but the downy inflorescence of S. vanoverberghii is apparent. Flower color ranges from salmon, pink, deep purple or yellow. It grows well in full sun and blooms between the cooler months of October to December. The planf has ovoid pseudobulbs carrying lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, plicate leaves and blooms on a pubescent, 20" to 3'4" [50 to 100 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence

Synonyms *Spathoglottis plicata var parsonsii Ames & Quis.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo ok; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide;

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