Vargasiella venezuelana C.Schweinf. 1958 Drawing by Elmer Smith and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

partial shade Warm Cool

Common Name The Venezuelan Vargasiella

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Venezuela on steep rocky slopes beneath low thick brush and grass at elevations of 600 to 2000 meters as a small to giant sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with long, stout, terete, straggling stems that are leafy towards the apex and carrying thin, rather soft, linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate petiolate base leaves that blooms on an axillary, to 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence with short, fleshy floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Duntsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Primera Parte Foldats 1969 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #14 820 - 880 1984; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 drawing fide