Mormodes romanii Dodson 1980 SECTION Mormodes Photo By Patricia Harding

Common Name Roman's Mormodes [Co-collector of species late 20th cen]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.2 cm]

Found in Ecuador in seasonally dry montane forests as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters with a conic-elliptic, very fleshy pseudobulb that is subtended by at first, 6 to 8, narrowly elliptic to obovate, acute, subpetiolate, plicate, foliaceous leaf sheaths that completely enclose the pseudobulb and later turn yellow and drop off before it blooms in the fall on an ascending, 16" [40 cm] long, few to many flowered inflorescence arising from the middle leafless sheaths and carrying fragrant flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 171 Dodson 1980 drawing maybe; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing hmm;