Chloraea riojana A.Sobral & Novoa 2013 SUBGENUS Chloraea SECTION Foliosae

TYPE Drawing Photos by © A.Sobral & Novoa and The Scielo Website

Fragrance Full sun Cold Spring

Common Name The La Rioja Chloraea

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in the province of La Rioja Argentina at elevations of 2400 to 2600 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem enveloped in the lower 2/3's by lanceolate leaf sheaths in bloom and carrying before blooming a basal rosette of lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, 18 to 22" [45 to 55 cm] long, rachis to 8" [20 cm] long, 19 to 21 flowered inflorescence carrying vanilla scented, resupinate flowers.

The most obvious differences between any related species (Chloraea praecincta Speg. et Kranzl. and Chloraea reticulata Schlechter) is the color of the labellar lamina, which is deep yellow in the new species and white in the other two. Among other differences C. praecincta does not have nectar pits and C. reticulata has a widened base to the column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Boletín de la Sociedad Argentina de Botánica vol.48 no.3-4 Córdoba dic. Sobral & Novoa 2013 drawing/photo fide