Govenia vilcabambana Dodson 1994> Photo by Rumi Wilco Ecolodge and Facebook

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Dodson and The Epidendra Website

Full shade Cool Cold Summer

Common Name The Vilcabamba Govenia [A town in Ecuador near where the type was collected]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1600 to 2100 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a basally thickened corm-like stem enveloped by tubular, leaf sheaths carrying 2, apical, subopposite, elliptic, plicate, light green, heavily veined beneath, articulated below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, to 16" [40 cm] long, equal to the leaves in length, peduncle with 2 to 3 remote, tubular bracts, loosely, successively few, 10 to 15 flowered inflorescence carrying softly glowing pink flowers.

Similar to G sodiroi but G vilcabambana differs in the thin substance, soft glowing pink flowers instead of the thick substance, yellow flowers marked with red.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 pg 148 Dodson 1994 drawing fide