Tropidia polystachya (Sw.) Ames 1908

Photo by Carl Luer

Another Flower

Photo by Mark Larocque

Plant in situ

Photo by David McAdoo

Another Flower color? Possibly a new species?

Photo by Kerry Dressler

Common Name The Many Flowered Tropidia

Flower Size .3" [.8 cm]

Found in Florida, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an erect, branching, slender, woody, jointed stem carrying 1 to 5, plicate, strongly veined, alternate, green, membraneous, elliptic-lanceolate leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, 10 to 60 flowered paniculate raceme carrying widely spreading, successively opening flowers

Synonyms Chloidia polystachya (Sw.) Rchb.f. 1863; Chloidia vernalis Lindl. 1840; Corymborkis polystachya (Sw.) Kuntze 1891; Dendrorkis membranacea (A.Rich.) Kuntze 1891; Macrostylis vernalis (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1854; Neottia polystachya (Sw.) Sw. 1806; Polystachya membranacea A.Rich. 1850; *Serapias polystachya Sw.1788; Stenorrhynchos polystachyon (Sw.) Spreng.1826; Tomotris polystachya (Sw.) Raf. 1837; Tropidia eatonii Ames 1904

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia 2/11 Rchb.f 1854 as Chloidia vernalis = Macrostylis vernalis; *Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing hmm; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing fide; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972 drawing/photos ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 351 Dodson 1980 drawing; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1191 Hamer 1984 drawing; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #1 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018