Myrmecophila wendlandii (Rchb. f.) G.C. Kenn. 1979 SUBGENUS Chaunoschomburgkia

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Common Name Wendland's Schomburgkia [German Orchid Gardener and collector in Mexico 1800's]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found as a medium sized, hot growing lithophyte in full sun or epiphyte in semi arid countryside with high humidity occuring in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica? at 360 to 1100 meters in elevation with cylindrical, curved, hollow, grooved pseudobulbs carrying 2 leathery, oblong-lanceolate leaves that blooms in the winter, spring and summer with a 18" [50 cm] long, several to many [25] flowered, rarely paniculate inflorescence with fragrant, waxy flowers. This species is often found in conjunction with ants and may benefit from their presence.

Synonyms *Bletia wendlandii Rchb. f. 1862; Laelia wendlandii Rchb. f. 1862; Schomburgkia wendlandii (Rchb. f.) H.G. Jones 1961; Schomburgkia wendlandii (Rchb.f.) Brieger 1960

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia wendlandii; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 8 1961; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 1 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as laelia wendlandii; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 2/3 1977/8 photo plant only ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1051 Dodson 1984 drwaing fide; Orchid Digest VOl 49 No 3 1985 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photos fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018