Xylobium elongatum (Lindl. & Paxton) Hemsl. 1884

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Lip Detail



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 fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 photo ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide