Gomphichis traceyae Rolfe 1916 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Collection sheet and Drawing Drawing by Jany Renz and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Tracey's Gomphichis [Mrs Tracy, original collector of species 1900's]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in paramo around 3500 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with basal, rosulate, oblong-obovate, acute to abruptly acuminate leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, enveloped almost completely by chlorophyll-bearing sheaths grading smaller above, to 20" [50 cm] long, cylindric, rachis to 4" [10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with ovate to ovate-lanceolate, concave, acute, sparsely pubescent floral bracts.

Synonyms Gomphichis brachystachys Schltr. 1920; Gomphichis montana L.O.Williams 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 52 Schlechter1920 as G brachystachys; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 57: 56 Schlechter 1929 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Primera Parte Foldats 1969 as G montana drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225 [1] Orchidaceae Garay 1979; Nowak, S., Szlachetko, D.L., Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. et al. Plant Syst Evol ( 301: 61. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00606-014-1054-4 2015; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Ortiz & Uribe 2017 as G brachystachys; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing good/photo