Notylia pentachne Rchb.f. 1854

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Common Name or Meaning The Five Scaled Notylia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Honduras, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela at elevations of 200 to 1200 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with oblong to oblong-ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped partially by leafless and leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a single apical, coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate to oblong elliptic, elliptic to ligulate, obtuse to subacute, attenuate below into the pseudopetiolate base leaves tha blooms at most any time of the year on 1 to 2, generally racemose, pendulous, peduncel with a few clasping, short bracts, 5.2 to 18" [13 to 45 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, acuminate, 2 to 3 times shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Similar to the widespread N N barkerii but N pentachne has a papillose colmn

Synonyms Notylia gracilispica Schltr.1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing as N incurva fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 # 9 1967 as N incurva; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 quinta parte Foldats 1970 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 9 1979 as N incurva photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as N incurva drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Romero & Carnevali 2000 drawing fide