Goodyera zacuapanensis Ormerod 2006

TYPE drawing by Paul Ormerod and Taiwania, 51(3): 153-161, Notulae Goodyerinae (III) Ormerod 2006

Common Name The Zacuapan Goodyera [a town in Veracruz state of Mexico]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Veracruz state of Mexico at elevations of 900 to 1000 meters as a small to just medium sized, warm growing terrestrial with a creeping rhizome giving rise to an erect, terete stem carrying 3 to 4, broadly ovate to subcordate-ovate, acute, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, pubescent, peduncle to 9.32" [23.3 cm] long, provided with 6, lower three amplectant, upper three slightly spreading, lax sheathing bracts, rachis 2.6" [6.5 cm] long, subdensely 30 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acute, as long as to slightly shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying resupinate, white flowers with a few scattered hairs at the base of the sepals.

"This species is similar to G. purpusii Ormd. in that it has flowers with an orbicular labellum. However, G. zacuapanensis differs in having a densely pubescent ovary, obliquely obovate (not subrhombic-dolabriform) petals and a five-veined (not triveined) labellum with only four (not sixteen) small papillae inside. From G. striata the new taxon differs in having an orbicular (not ovate-elliptic) labellum with five (not three) veins. Also G. zacuapanensis has scattered external verrucae on the labellum whilst this feature is lacking in G. striata." Ormerod 2006


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Taiwania, 51(3): 153-161, Notulae Goodyerinae (III) Ormerod 2006 drawing fide;