Funkiella parasitica (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Salazar & Soto Arenas 2011

Plant and Flowers in situ Arizona

Photos by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Site

Collection sheet

Scan By Herbarium of George B. Hinton and the Flickr Photo Site


Common Name The Parasitic Funkiella

Flower Size .25" [6mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in shady humid cloud forests at elevations of 900 to 2200 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a single, dark green, elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that mostly is absent as it blooms in the spring on an erect, 8" [20 cm] long, purple, glabrous below, white pubescent above, few to several flowered inflorescence with purple, white spotted, lanceolate longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying distant, diurnally fragrant flowers

CAUTION Similar to Schiedeella faucisanguinea (Dod) Burns-Bal. ex A.E.Serna & López-Ferr. 1998 and may be conspecific, I have left them separatae pending more information

Synonyms Schiedeella llaveana var. parasitica (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Szlach. 1991; Schiedeella parasitica (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Schltr. 1920; *Spiranthes parasitica A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as Spiranthes parasitica drawing/photo; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 as Spiranthes parasitica drawing/photos fide; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 8(1) 1981; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1270 Dodson Hamer 1984 drawing; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Sciedeella parasitica