Microthelys nutantiflora (Schltr.) Garay 1980 publ. 1982

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TYPE Drawing Drawing by © Schlechter and The of The Epidendra Website<

Common Name The Nodding Flowered Microthelys

Flower Size .28” [7 mm] long

Found in Guatemala and Costa Rica in oak forests at elevations around 2500 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with fasiculate-tuberous, villosus roots giving rise to 1 to 2, basal, petiolate, elliptic leaves that are not present at flowering that blooms in the fall on a terminal, to 6” [15 cm] long, stem, rachis racemose, to 4” [10 cm] long, erect, spiraling, densely 15 to 20 flowered inflorescence with almost as long as the flower floral bracts

Differs from M minutiflora by the lack of the cinnabar-red callus and it has a different rostellum.

Synonyms Cyclopogon nutantiflorus (Schltr.) Schltr. 1920; Funkiella nutantiflora (Schltr.) Salazar & Soto Arenas 2011; Galeottiella nutantiflora (Schltr.) Szlach. 1991; *Spiranthes nutantiflora Schltr. 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide