Warreopsis purpurea P.Ortiz 1994

TYPE Drawing Type Photo/Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz

Another Flower? Photo by © Alexander Hirtz

Common Name The Purple Warreopsis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 2300 meters as a medium to just large sized, cold growing terrestrial with short stems enveloped by leaf sheaths carrying oblong-elliptic, narrowing baaslly, acute apically, plicate, prominently veined beneath leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, lateral, to 30" [75 cm] long, with acute bracts all along the stem, many flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION Ortiz photo is absolutely correct, Hirtz's photo may be a new species separated from W purpurea by the dense deep purple ring of calli at the lip base, the rounded apex to the lip and the different sepals and petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 19(2): 15-24. Ortiz 1994 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 as W sp. photo #2543 fide to Hirtz's photo