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Psychilis atropurpurea


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Another for Aurelien.

Psychilis. Raf. (Constantine Samuel Rafinesque), In Flora Telluriana 4: p40. (1838). (Fl. Tellur.)


Note there are five number series in Flora Telluriana vol.. 4, this p40 is in series 5.



Species. http://www.theplantlist.org/browse/A/Orchidaceae/Psychilis/



Psychilis atropurpurea (Willd) Sauleda, (Rubén Primitivo Sauleda) In Phytologia 65: p6. (1988). (Phytologia) https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/12985222#page/8/mode/1up

Basionym. Epidendrum atropurpureum Willd. (Carl Ludwig von Willdenow) In Species Plantarum. Editio quarta 4: p115. (1805). (Sp. Pl.)


Synonyms. Encyclia atropurpurea (Willd.) Schltr.(1914), Epidendrum atropurpureum Willd. (1806), Epidendrum atropurpureum var. laciniatum Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf. (1935), Limodorum purpureum Lour. ex Steud. (1841.)

Description. A small to medium sized epiphyte with pyriform (pear-shaped) deeply ribbed pseudobulbs with 2-4, coriaceous (leathery) stiff, erect, linear to narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, truncate, smooth margined involute leaves. Inflorescence to 60" (1.524m) terminal, erect, stiff, partially enveloped by tubular scarious sheaths, successively producing many attractive flowers with scarious, ovate, acuminate floral bracts. Ecology/Infauna. Its extensive root mass provides nesting opportunities for arboreal ants. Habitat. In cactus thorn scrub, semi-arid pine woods and broadleaf forests from sea level to 1100m. (3609ft.) Range. The Dominican Republic and Haiti, Hispaniola Island, Greater Antilles Archipelago, Caribbean.

Cultivation. Requires warmth. Flowering spring, to autumn.


Habitat photo. psycatropurpurea.jpg

Beautiful flowers. psyatropurpurea.jpg

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