Myrmecophila albopurpurea [Strachan ex Fawcett]Nir 2000

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Side View of Flower

Flower Closeup

Photos by Eric Hunt

Another Angle

Photo courtesy of Mark Nir and Orchidaceae Antillannae

Common Name The White and Purple Myrmecophilia

Flower Size

This species is a small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte or lithophyte occuring only on Grand Cayman Island with elongate, 2 to 4 noded, cylindrical-fusiform pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, thick, rigid, leathery, elliptic-oblong, acute leaves and blooms in the spring on a long to 3' [90 cm] long, slender, peduncle terminating in a laxly several to many flowered panicle or racemose inflorescence.

Mr Nir [2000] states that the type specimen used by Withner for this species was from Cayman Brac where the species does not occur and so it was actually W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Schomburgkia thompsonianus var albopurpurea; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 1 1963 as S brysiana var albopurpureum; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 as Schomburgkia albopurpurea photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillinae Nir 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Schomburgkia albopurpurea; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #9 2016 photo fide;