Notylia lankesteri Ames 1923

Photos by Daniel Jimenez and his Costa Rican Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flower

Photos by Jorge Chinchilla

FragranceFull ShadeHotCoolFall

Common Name or Meaning Lankester's Notylia [American Orchid Enthusiast in Costa Rica 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in moist forests at elevations of sea level to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, oblong-elliptic, basally rounded, obtuse apcially leaf that blooms in the fall on a pendent, lateral, 1.6 to 6.4" [4 to 16 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Distinguished from other Costa Rican species by the free, notably fleshy sepals and the obtuse lip and pungently spicy scented flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide