Sievekingia fimbriata Rchb. f. 1886

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Common Name The Fringed Sievekingia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in lower montane forests at elevations of 800 to 1200 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with pyriform, sulcate, pseudobulbs subtended by basal bracts with a single, apical, coriaceous, plicate, petiolate, elliptic-lanceolate, prominently ribbed leaf that blooms in the spring and summer as the plant produces an incredible number of basal spikes, arising on mature pseudobulbs over several months, the pendant, racemose, 2 2/5" to 3 1/4" [6 to 8 cm] long, inflorescence emerge through the sides and bottom of their teakwood baskets each carrying a cluster of up to 15 gorgeous, short-lived (5 day), fragrant flowers.

This species is often found in conjunction with ants and may benefit from their presence.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Flora 69: 449. 1886; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 1 1966 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8 drawing Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1586 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 27 #2 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #9 2015 photo fide; Of Men and Orchids Part 1 Jenny 2015 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #2 2019 photo fide;