Gomphichis valida Rchb.f. 1878 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Inflorescence Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Common Name The Strong Gomphichis

Flower Size

Found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 1900 to 4800 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with basal, rather coriaceous, 3 to 5, lanceolate-elliptic, acute to obtuse, tapering towards a vaginate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, erect, to 32" [80 cm] long, cylindrical, many flowered inflorescence with oblong-elliptic, acute, villose floral bracts and carrying rather large, externally hirsute, often fragrant flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Stenoptera valida; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1927 as Stenoptera valida; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; 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 photo fide