Microchilus vesicifer (Rchb.f.) Ormerod 2002


photo/Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Bag Carrying Microchilus

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Peru in shady tropical wet forests at elevations of 1000 to 1500 as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with a creeping then ascending rhizome giving rise to an erect stem enveloped completely by leaf sheaths carrying dark green mottled with pale green ovate-lanceolate, narrowing at both ends, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter, spring and early summer on a terminal, erect, to 7" [to 17.5 cm] long overall, rachis, 3" [7.5 cm] long, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with 3 to 4, acuminate adpressed sheaths and pale purple, glabrous floral bracts.

Synonyms Erythrodes lehmannii (Schltr.) Ames 1922; Erythrodes vesicifera (Rchb.f.) Ames 1922; Physurus lehmannii Schltr. 1918; *Physurus vesicifer Rchb.f. 1866

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Studies in the family Orchidaceae Vol VII Ames 1922 as Erythrodes lehmannii; Studies in the family Orchidaceae Vol VII Ames 1922 as Erythrodes vescifera; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Erythrodes lehmannii drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Guatemala & Belize Ames & Correl 1985 drawing not!; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1221 Hamer 1985 as Erythrodes vesciferum drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Erythrodes vesicfera drawing fide; Manual De Plants De Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Erythrodes vesicifera; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018