Gomphichis koehleri Schltr. 1921 Drawing by Alcantara, Bennett & Christenson

Partial Shade Cold Spring

Common Name Koehler's Gomphichis [German Botanist earlier 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm] in profile

Found in Peru in forests with shrubs and scattered trees at elevations around 3600 to 3700 meters as a medium to large sized in flower, cold growing terrestrial with a basal rosette of 5 to 6, oblanceolate, acuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, long-pedunculate, peduncle stout, tapering above, with 9 to 11 tubualar, acuminate, diminishing in size above bracts that glabrous except just below the rachis, to 38" [95 cm] long overall, rachis densely pubescent, 4" [10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence carrying flowers with grayish green tepals, a green and yellow lip, a green column and a ocher and purple anther.

Synonyms Gomphichis koehleri var. minor C.Schweinf. 1953; Stenoptera koehleri (Schltr.) L.O.Williams 1942

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 663 Soto 2001 drawing fide