Phragmipedium caricinum (Lindl. & Paxton) Rolfe 1896 - See also Phragmipedium pearcei (Rchb. f.) Rauh & Senghas SECTION Himantopetalum Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Reed Grass-Like Phragmipedium

Flower Size 3" [8 cm]

Often cited as a synonym of Phragmipedium pearcei [Rchb.f] Rauh & Senghas 1975, I am going to keep it apart at this time.

Occuring in Peru and Bolivia in tropical rainforests near waterfalls or on river boulders at elevations of 150 to 1000 meters as a medium sized, hot warm growing, fan-shaped terrestrial or lithophyte with no pseudobulbs and several, imbricate, conduplicate, leaf-bearing sheaths carrying several, linear, acuminate, glossy, dark green, conduplicate below into the base leaves blooming on a basal, 1 to 2' [30 to 60 cm] long, erect, puplish green, shortly pubescent, few to several [3 to 7] flowered inflorescence with 1 to 3 elongate, subremote, tubular bracts and longer, spreading floral bracts that exceed the ovary in length and has successively single flowers occuring in the late winter through early fall.

Synonyms *Cypripedium caricinum Lindl. & Paxton 1850-1; Cypripedium pearcei (Rchb. f.) hort. ex J.H. Veitch 1889; Paphiopedilum caricinum (Lindl. & Paxton) Pfitzer 1895; Phragmopedilum caricinum Rolfe ex Pfitzer 1903; Selenipedium caricinum (Lindl. & Paxton) Rchb. f. 1893; Selenipedium pearcei Rchb. f.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Phragmopedilum caricinum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Selenipidium carcinum drawing good; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 as Phragmopedilum caricinum drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 3 129 to 192; Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1971; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 10 1983 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 4 1986 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 740 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #2 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide