Triphora gentianoides (Sw.) Nutt. ex Ames & Schltr. 1922

Photo by P. A. Mahon

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Luis Mauricio Pinto


Common Name The Gentian-Like Triphora

Flower Size 1/4" [.6 cm]

Found in Florida, Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at low elevations as a mini-miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a subterranean corm giving rise to an erect, green suffused with brown, succulent, terete stem carrying 3 to 10, green tinged with brown, margins smooth, ovate, ascending leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, terminal, corymbose, to 8" [20 cm] long, 3 to 10 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Arethusa gentianoides (Sw.) Sw. 1806; Triphora gentianoides f. albidaviridis P.M.Br. & Steph.Jones 2009; *Limodorum gentianoides Sw.1788; Pogonia cubensis Rchb.f. 1859; Pogonia gentianoides (Sw.) Spreng.1826; Pogonia lutea Schltr. 1910; Triphora cubensis (Rchb.f.) Ames 1924; Triphora lutea (Schltr.) Schltr. ex Mansf. 1930

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing ok; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Pogonia cubensis; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as T cubensis; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing ok; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972: Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 3 1986 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #3 2015 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018

Triphora gentianoides f alba

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Photos by Stephen Jones