!Guanchezia maguirei (C.Schweinf.) G.A.Romero & G.Carnevali 2000 Photo by Gustavo ROmero

Full shadeCool LATEFallEARLYWinter

Common Name Maguire's Guanchezia [American Collector of species]

Flower Size 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm]

Found in Amazonas, Venezuela on the border of savannahs in southern slope hammocks or in boggy savannahs at elevations of 1200 to 1600 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial with an abbreviated, stout rhizome giving rise to ovoid to oblong-ovoid, irregularily furrowed with age pseudobulbs enveloped almost completely by a few close sheaths or the fibers of older scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, plicate, elliptic-oblong to lanceolate-elliptic, acute to acuminate, chartaceous, 5 to 7 nerved and conspicuous below, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, terete, channeled, rigid petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a lateral, decumbent at the base of the pseudobulb then becoming erect, 52.2" [130.5 cm] long, very loosely to 2 [rarely 3] flowered inflorescence with 8 to 10, close, tubular, shortly imbricating below and large and remote above sheaths with conspicuous, deeply concave and amplexicaul, elliptic-ovate when expanded, acute floral bracts and carrying large and showy flowers.

Synonyms *Bifrenaria maguirei C.Schweinf.1959

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 3 1959 fide as Bifrenaria maguirei drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Quarta parte Foldats 1970 as Bifrenaria maguirei drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 5 1973 as Bifrenaria maguireiphoto fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as Bifrenaria maguirei drawing ok; Orchidaceae Braziliense Band II Pabst & Dungs 1977 as Bifrenaria maguirei drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Bifrenaria maguirei drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Dunsterville 1987 as Bifrenaria maguirei drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994 as Bifrenaria maguirei; *Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide