Mormodes ramirezii S.Rosillo 1983 SECTION Coelodes TYPE Drawing by © Rosillo The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name Ramirez's Mormodes [Mexican Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in Jalisco state of Mexico on oaks at elevations around 1750 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with congested, several internoded, ovoid-pyriform, stout pseudobulbs enveloped by distichous, clasping, closely adpressed, arising one from each internode, becoming dry and scarious in maturity sheaths and carrying up to 10, unequal, distichous, arcuate, articulated, plicate, longly ovate-lanceolate, acute, acuminate, canaliculate, margin entire, many veined, 5 main veins forming narrow, prominent, rounded keels below, emerald green leaves that blooms in the mid summer and early fall on a near basal, arcuate, thin, peduncle to 12" [30 cm] long, rachis to 12" [30 cm] long, loosely to 10 flowered inflorescence with an ovate-acute-apiculate, yellowish green bract at each node and small, triangular, acute, margin entire floral bracts and carrying somewhat spherical, weakly fragrant flowers.

Most Moromodes f1owers face forwards on the raceme , and are twisted about 45 degrees to the axis of the raceme . M. ramirezii differs in pointing the open bottoms of its part1y-c1osed flowers outwards, this is quite unusua1 for the genus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *ORQUIDEA (Méx.) 9(1): 61 Rosillo 1983 drawing fide;