Nageliella angustifolia (Booth ex Lindl.) Ames & Correll 1942

Photo by Eric Hunt

Flower Closeup

Side View Closeup

Extreme closeup of Female Viscidium on column

Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name Narrow-leafed Nageliella

Flower Size less than 1/2" [ less than 1.5 cm]

A small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or occasional terrestrial that occurs in Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador in dry rolling hills or damp forests at elevations below 2100 meters and has purple or gray mottled leaves that give rise from the juncture of the terete pseudobulb and the erect, linear-lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, acute to obtuse, marked dark red and brown leaf and blooms on an erect, to 12" [30 cm] long, terete, filiform, racemose or paniculate inflorescence with small bracts and apical, nodding flowers that open in succession occuring in the summer and fall.

This species can rebloom from old spikes so don't be in a hurry to remove them.

Synonyms Domingoa angustifolia (Booth) J.M.H.Shaw 2008; Domingoa gemma (Rchb.f.) Van den Berg & Soto Arenas 2007; *Hartwegia purpurea var. angustifolia Booth ex Lindl. 1843; Hartwegia gemma Rchb.f 1878; Nageliella gemma [Rchb.f] Dressler 1966; Scaphyglottis gemma [Rchb.f] L.O.Wms. 1956

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1869 as Hartwegia purpurea drawing hmm; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Hartwegia gemma; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 as N gemma; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 as N gemma; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 3 1986 drawing fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 as Domingoa gemma photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #7 2011 as Domingoa gemma photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018