Myrmecophila christinae Carnevali & Gómez-Juárez 2001

Photo by © Jay Pfahl, Plant grown By Miramar Orchids

Common Name Christina's Myrmecophila

Flower Size 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm]

Found in Mexico and Belize in coastal dunes and mangroves as a large sized, hot growing epiphyte or semi-terrestrial with clustered to slightly creeping, conic-cylindrical, slowly tapering towards the apex, 3 to 6 internodes, internally hollow, usually antbearing pseudobulbs enveloped basally by thin, scarious, soon evanescent sheaths and carrying 1 to 5 apical, fleshy-coriaceous, elliptic to rarely ovate-elliptic, acute to obtuse leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, 40 to 80" [100 to 200 cm] long, glabrous, racemose rarely 1 to 2 branching, stiffly straight, somewhat simultaneously 10 to 25 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying resupinate, wide spreading to rarely semi-campanulate flowers.

Synonyms Myrmecophila christinae var. ibarrae Carnevali & J.L.Tapia 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 11: 117 1988 Myrmecophila Right photo fide; *Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001 drawing/photo fide; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001 as M chistanae var ibarrae drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #3 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #11 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #9 2016 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as M cf brysisana photo fide