Otostylis lepida (Linden & Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1918


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Common Name The Beautiful Otostylis

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam and Northern Brazil in open areas at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with rudimentary ovoid pseudobulbs completely enveloped by close-fitting, very long grey sheaths that also cover part of the petiole and carrying 1 to 2, erect, lanceolate, plicate, mid vein carinate dorsally, medium green, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, racemose, shiny dark puce, to 28" [to 70 cm] long, 4 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Aganisia lepida Linden & Rchb.f. 1876; Cyrtopodium grisebachii Rolfe ex Patt. 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 as Aganisia lepida drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993 drawing fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;