Ophidion alphonsianum [Doucette ex L. E. Matthews] Karremans & J S Moreno 2020

Plant and Flower


Comparison between P alphonsiana [ABC] and P cunabulum [DEF]

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photos/TYPE drawing by Alfonso Doucette

Common Name Alphonso's Ophidion [Alfonso Doucette American Botanist Pleurothallid specialist current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia without collection data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with a terete ramicaul enveloped by 3 papery, compressed , marked purple sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a descending, flexuous, peduncle terete, .8" [2 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with tubular, membraneous, shorter than the pedicael floral bracts.

"Most similar to O cunabulum but can be distinguished by the grey-beige vs yellow, mottled vs spotted, sepals with a narrower aperature, mottled vs striped petals, the elliptic vs obovate lip with 3 linear, quasi-geometric markings vs spotted and a densely cellular-papillose vs entire margin." Matthews 2018

Synonyms Phloeophila alphonsiana L.E.Matthews 2018

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

OrchideenJ. 6(3): 6 Matthews 2018 drawing/photo fide;

* Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide;