Govenia bella E.W.Greenw.1987

TYPE Photos by © E W Greenwood and The AMO Herbaria Website

FragranceDeep Shadecold Spring

Common Name The Beautiful Govenia

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico in montane pine oak forests at elevations of 2500 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a divergent, horizontal, attenuate rhizome giving rise to 1 to 2, deciduous, plicate, absent at flowering, ovate-elliptic, acute-apiculate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring before the leaves appear, on a lateral, racemose, 8" [20 cm] long, subcapitate, short, dense, to 6 flowered inflorescence provided with imbricate, tubular sheaths and has almost as long as the ovary, broadly ovate, lanceolate to subligulate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying resupinate, showy, softly sweet, fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (2) Greenwood 1987 photo/drawing fide Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 46 Hamer 1990 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018