Basiphyllaea sarcophylla (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1921

Drawing by Mark Nir

Common Name The Fleshy Red Leaved Basiphyllaea

Flower Size

Found in Cuba and the Isla del Pinos at elevations below 600 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing rhizomatous epiphyte with a repent rhizome with fleshy fusiform internodes, enveloped by membraneous sheaths with a fleshy corm giivng rise to a single, patent, flat, fleshy, rigid, broadly ovate-cordate, apiculate leaf that blooms on a terminal, erect, ensheathed by the leaf, to 12" [30 cm] long, basall carrying a few, short, amplexicaul, acute sheaths, laxly few flowered inflorescence with submembraneous, ovate-triangular, acute, half as long as the ovary floral bracts

Synonyms Bletia platyphylla Rchb.f. ex Griseb. 1866; *Bletia sarcophylla Rchb.f. 1865; Tetramicra platyphylla Griseb. 1866; Tetramicra sarcophylla (Rchb.f.) Cogn. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 drawing fide;