Mormodes oestlundiana Salazar & Hágsater 1990 SECTION Mormodes

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Inflorescence Photos by © Rolando Jiménez

Fragrant Part shadeWarmWinter

Common Name Oestlund's Mormodes [Swedish Botanist in Mexico 1900's]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Guerrero state of Mexico in oak forests at elevations around 800 to 1000 meters as a small to large sized, warm growing epiphyte or occasional terrestrial or lithophyte with close set, to 15 internooded, ovoid to fusiform, slightly compresssed, clear green pseudobulbs enveloped by imbricate, papery, white leaf bases carrying distichous, plicate, deciduous, articulate, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, somewhat greyish on the back, 3 to 5 principal veined leaves that blooms in the winter on a mature pseudobulb without leaves, erect, racemose, 1 to 7 per speudobulb, commonly 2, arising from the 3rd or 4th internode of the pseudobulb, peduncle thick, with various scarious bracts, 4 to 18" [10 to 45 cm] long overall, rachis generally dense, subcylindrical, to 4" [10 cm] long, simultaneously 4 to 35 flowered inflorescence with sub-scarious at anthesis, ovate, ovate-triangular to lanceolate, acute, somewhat concave floral bracts and carrying generally resupinate, fleshy, yellow becoming ivory colored with age, diurnally intensely fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 12:66 Salazar & Hagsater 1990 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 1 1994 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 613 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide