Microchilus arietinus (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Ormerod 2002 Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista


Common Name The Ram-Like Microchilus [refers to the shape of the lip apex]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and northern Argentina in rain or cloud forests at elevations of 400 to 1500 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with sometimes white variegated green, reticulated, elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer to early fall on a terminal, erect, 8" [20 cm] long, fairly dense, several to many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Erythrodes arietina (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Ames 1922; Physurus arietinus Rchb.f. & Warm. 1881; Physurus micranthus Kraenzl. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as Physurus arientinus; Studies in the family Orchidaceae Vol VII Ames 1922 as Erythrodes arietina; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 as Physurus arietinus drawing ok; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as Erythrodes arietina; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as Erythrodes arietina drawing ok;Orchidaceae Brasilensis Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as Erythrodes arietina drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0339 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 as Erythrodes arietina drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as Erythrodes arietina drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle del Cauca Vol 1 Kolanowski & Szlachetko 2012 drawing/photos fide; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra Do Castelo Vol 1 Chiron & Bolsanello 2015 drawing good