Stenorrhynchos vaginatum (Kunth) Spreng. 1826


Photos by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria website


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Common Name The Vagina Shaped Stenorrhynchos

Flower Size

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations af 2700 to 3100 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with basal sessile or inconspicuous sheaths becoming above, ovate to elliptic-ovate, subobtuse to acute leaves that blooms in the later summer on an erect, glabrous, [3.5 to 8.5 cm] long, densely few flowered inflorescence almost to completely enveloped by several, close, imbricate, elliptic, obtuse to acute, concave-ventricose bracts.

Synonyms Gyrostachys vaginata (Kunth) Kuntze 1891; *Neottia vaginata Kunth 1816; Spiranthes vaginata (Kunth) Lindl. ex B.D.Jacks.1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 1 Foldats 1969 as Spiranthes vaginatum drawing good; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001 photos fide