Xylobium pallidiflorum (Hook.) G. Nicholson 1887

Another Color Form? Photos by John Varigos

Inflorescence Photo by Dale and Deni Borders


Common Name The Pale Flowered Xylobium

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Windward Islands, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests at altitudes of 1000 to 3000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing orchid with a tapered-cylindric, elongate pseudobulb subtended by 2 to 3 scarious bracts and has a single, apical, oblong-lanceolate, conduplicate and channeled to the petiolate base, plicate, acute, coriaceous leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and early winter on an erect, 2.4" [6 cm] long, few flowered racemose inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb, with large ovate bracts and boat-shaped, acute floral bracts all holding the campanulate flowers at mid-leaf height.

Synonyms Colax pallidiflorus (Hook.) C.K. Spreng. ?; *Maxillaria pallidiflora Hook. 1828; Maxillaria stenobulbon Klotzsch 1853; Onkeripus pallidus Raf. 1838; Xylobium latifolium Schltr. 1929;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 No 9 1967; Flora de VenezuelaVolumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 357 Dodson 1980 drawing fide to the first photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1198 Dodson 1984 drawing fide to the 1st photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0200 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide to the first; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0399 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide to the first; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 597 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide tothe second photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing ok