Prosthechea lindenii (Lindl.) W.E.Higgins 1997 publ. 1998 Vespa Complex


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Common Name Linden's Prosthechea [Belgian Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Colombia and northwestern Venezuela at elevations of 1600 to 2000 meters in cloud forests as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with 1.2 to 3.2" [3 to 8 cm] betweeen each, variable shaped, cylindrical to fusiform, somewhat compressed pseudobulbs enveloped by scarious sheaths and carrying 2, apical, narrowly elliptic, obtuse leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, terminal, 16" [40 cm] long, 5 to 8 flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate flowers.

"Characterized by the lip fused basally with the gymnostemium, the lip disc is tomentose in the center with an elliptic, furfuraceous callus near the base. Similar to Prosthechea hartwegii but it has a sulcate, puberulent callus.

Synonyms Anacheilium lindenii (Lindl.) Hágsater 1990; Encyclia lindenii (Lindl.) Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1986; Epidendrum fallax Lindl. 1846; Epidendrum fallax var. flavescens Lindl. 1853; Epidendrum flavescens (Lindl.) Schltr. 1919; *Epidendrum lindenii Lindl.1843;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 12: 397 Lindley 1843 as Epidendrum lindenii;

Orchid. Linden.: 9 Lindley 1846 as Epidendrum fallax;

Fol. Orchid. 3: 35 Lindley 1853 as Epidendrum fallax var flavescens

Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Epidendrum fallax;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 69 1919 as Epidendrum fallax;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 69 1919 as Epidendrum flavescens;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 70 Schlechter 1919 as Epidendrum lindenii;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 247 Schlechter 1920 as Epidendrum fallax;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 10: 70 Schlechter 1922 as Epidendrum fallax;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as Epidendrum lindenii drawing/photo good;

AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as Epidendrum lindenii

Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 as Epidendrum lindenii drawing good;

Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Epidendrum lindenii drawing good; Ernstia 36: 9 Carnevali & Ramirez 1986 as Encycia lindenii;

Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 Escobar COS 1990 as Anachielium lindenii photo maybe;

Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 as Encyclia lindenii photo fide;

*Phytologia 82: 379 W E Higgins 1997 publ. 1998;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as Prosthechea lindenii drawing good;

Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 as Prosthechea lindenii photo fide;

The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, The Debateable Epidendrum Vol 7 Withner and Harding 2004 photo fide;

Orchids of Bolivia Vol II Laelinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2004 as Prothechea lindenii;

Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 2 Kolanowska, Hagsater etal 2014 as Prosthechea lindenii drawing/photo fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:390 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide