Trigonidium grande Garay 1957

Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flowers

Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler


Common Name or Meaning The Large Trigonidium

Flower Size 3.2" [8 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in extremely wet montane forests on the easten side of the Andes at elevations of 320 to 1500 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an elongate rhizome carrying ovate, reddish green, rugose pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3 scarious sheaths and carrying 4, apical, strap-shaped, reddish green, acute leaves that are conduplicate below and basally petiolate that blooms in the late spring through fall on an erect, basal, 6 2/5" [16 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and enveloped completely by inflated, imbricating sheaths.

Garay in 1962 put this species as a synonym of T insignis Kew has it as a separate species still.

Synonyms Maxillaria erikae Molinari 2015

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 1 1957 drawing fide; Studies in American orchids VI Canadian Journal of Botany 34(2):241-260 Garay 1962 Putting T grande as a synonym of T insignis; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 499 Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide