Govenia lagenophora Lindl. 1839

Photo by AMO and the Associacion Mexicano de Orquideas Website

Plant comparrison shot

Photo by Greenwood and The Herbario AMO Website


Common Name The Bottle-Shaped Govenia [refers to the basally swollen stem]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in southern Mexico and El Salvador in wet cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2550 meters as a small to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with thick pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, somewhat developed at blooming, mature leaves much longer tha the inflorescence, thin, green, acute leavesthat blooms in the spring through fall on a terminal, peduncle purple, terete,erect, to 18" [45 cm] long, rachis to 10" [25 cm] long, 25 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Govenia utriculata var. lagenophora Griseb.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideas (ME) 8(1) Greenwood 1981 photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing fide/photo ok; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo ok; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018