Trichopilia gracilis C.Schweinf. 1952

Side View of Flower Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Common Name The Beautiful Trichopilia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Peru in shady forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with linear-cylindric, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by6 a few, firm, evanescent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-oblong to elliptic-oblong, subcoriaceous, acute, shortly narrowing below into the sessile to shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, suberect, very loosely 2 to 3 flowered, to 7" [17.5 cm] long inflorescence with 3 close, tubular, well spaced bracts and closely clasping, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 4 Schweinfurth 1961; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 32 1977 - 2056 Brieger 1996