Xylobium elongatum (Lindl. & Paxton) Hemsl. 1884 Photo by Jay Pfahl


Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Jim Hamilton

Part shade warmto Cool Winter THROUGH Summer

Common Name The Elongate Xylobium

Flower Size 1 2/5" [3.5 cm]

Found from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador as a large sized, warm to cool epiphyte or lithophyte in montane rainforests at elevations of 600 to 1700 meters with a subcylindric, slender, elongated pseudobulb with 2 apical, plicate, subcoriaceous, elliptic, acute to acuminate leaves with short channeled petioles that blooms in the winter through summer on a basal, erect to erect-arcuate, to 8" [20 cm] long, several to many [8 to 15] flowered, racemose inflorescence with 3 to 7 clasping, scarious, lanceolate or ovate bracts and linear-lanceolate, scarious, attenuate floral bracts that are as long or longer than the ovary, carrying the fleshy flowers at mid pseudobulb height.

Synonyms *Maxillaria elongata Lindl. & Paxton 1852-3

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 66. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 355 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1196 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 100 Hagsater and Salazar 1990 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 1 1994 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 photo ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide