Trichopilia laxa (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1858

Another Angle Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Angle Photo courtesy of Tennis Maynard

FragrancePart shade Cool Fall to EARLY Winter

Common Name The Loose Trichopilia

Flower Size 2 3/4" [7 cm]

Found as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in rainforests at elevations of 1200 to 2200 meters with approximate, linear, ancipitous, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, imbricate, papery, maculate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-lanceolate to lanceolate, acute or acuminate, coriaceous, conduplicate basally into the short petiole that blooms on a basal, pendant, few [4 to 7] flowered, to 10 2/5" [26 cm] long, terete, pale pinky green, racemose inflorescence with green spotted, maroon bracts and fragrant, waxy flowers occurring in the fall and early winter.

Synonyms *Pilumna laxa Lindl. 1844; Trichopilia laxa var. flaveola Rchb.f. 1884; Trichopilia laxa var. hartwegii Rchb.f 1867; Trichopilia reichenheimia Klotzsch 1855

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Edwards's Bot. Reg. 30: Misc. 74. 1844 as Pilumna laxa; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853 as Pilumna laxa; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1865; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 3 1970 photo; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0389 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids VOl 4 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 32 1996; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 as T sp photo ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006;

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