!Trichopilia tortilis Lindley 1836

Red Throat Version Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Fragrance Full shadeHot to Warm Springand Summer

Common Name The Twisted Trichopilia

Flower Size to 6" when flattened [10 cm]

A medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphytic species found in damp tropical forests at elevations up to 1500 meters with oblong to cylindric, laterally compressed pseudobulbs concealed by one or more brown spotted basal bracts carrying a single, subcoriaceous, elliptic-lanceolate, abaxially carinate leaf with a conduplicate petiole at the base that flowers on a basal, pendulous, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, slender, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence, arising on a newly matured pseudobulb, that has tubular, scarious bracts and large, showy, fragrant, waxy flowers occurring in the spring and summer and comes from Mexico to Costa Rica.

Very similar to T freulerae but this one has sub acuminate apices tothe sepals, a three lobed lip, dotted red spots on the throat of the lip and sepals that twist in a different manner.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Edwards's Bot. Reg. 22: t. 1863. 1836; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1865; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing as T tortiles; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 7 1980 drawing; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1298 Dodson 1985 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1499 Mora & Atwood 1992 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 32 1996 photo fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 1 2003 photo; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 2 2005 photo; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 5 2007 photo; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide

Trichopilia tortilis Lindley 1836 var alba Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

An Albino version of the previous species.

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