!Brachystele unilateralis (Poir.) Schltr. 1920


Plant and Flowers in situ Chile

Photos by Photo by M Belov courtesy of The Flora of Chile Webste

Fragrance Part sunCoolColdSummer

Common Name The One Sided Brachystele

Flower Size

Found in Peru, Chile and Argentina at elevations of 20 to 900 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with basal, erect-patent, linear-acute, narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long, pubescent, densely many flowered, racemose, cylindrical inflorescence with sucessively opening, fragrant flowers

In Chile the people use this plant as a diuretic. As to how I do not know.

Synonyms Brachystele lechleri Schltr. 1921; Brachystele nuil (Rich.) Schltr. 1921; Epipactis diuretica (Willd.) Stokes 1812; Gyrostachys chilensis (A.Rich.) Kuntze 1891; Gyrostachys unilateralis (Poir.) Kuntze 1891; Neottia diuretica Willd.1805; Odontorrhynchus chilensis (A.Rich.) Garay 1980 publ. 1982; *Ophrys unilateralis Poir. 1798; Sarcoglottis diuretica (Willd.) Baxter 1850; Spiranthes chilensis A.Rich. 1852; Spiranthes diuretica (Willd.) Lindl. 1827; Spiranthes lechleri (Schltr.) C.Schweinf. 1941; Spiranthes nuil Rich.1817

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Spiranthes diuretica; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as B lechleri; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 no 4 1959 as Spiranthes dieuretica; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 6 1978 as Spiranthes diuretica; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 Appendix 1; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide