Bifrenaria mellicolor Rchb.f. 1878 Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Fragrant Part shadeWarmtoCoolFall

Common Name or Meaning The Honey-Colored Bifrenaria

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Bahia, Espirito Santo and Rio de Janiero states of Brazil in montane rainforests at elevations of 500 to 1000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphtye with conic-tetragon, slightly compressed pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, plicate, oblong-lanceolate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the fall on a basal, 1.4 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence.

Differs from the others in it's short inflorescence, the spherical keel on the lip and the 2 purple spots close to the lip keels.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994 ; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilense Plate 012 Castro & Campacci 2000 drawing ok; Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras 2 Encyclias Campacci 2003; Orchidees du Bresil, As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo Espiritu Santo Brasil Vol 4 Chiron & Bolsanello 2014 drawing/photo fide;