Aa colombiana Schltr. 1920 Photos by Universidad de los Andes and the Chingaza Botanical Website

Another Flower? notice petals

Plant and Flowers in situ Ecuador Photos by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Colombian Aa

Flower Size

Found in Colombia and Ecuador on steep embankments mixed with grass and shrubs in upper montane forests at elevations of 2900 to 4300 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a stem carrying lanceolate, basally clasping, acute leaves that blooms in the winter on an erect, 8" [20 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence enveloped completely by tubular sheaths and carrying non-resupinate flowers with slender, maroon floral bracts.

The 1st photo is more correct, I will sort out the other 2 photos soon.

Synonyms *Altensteinia colombiana (Schltr.) Garay 1953

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 501 Vasquez & Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 401 Dodson 1989 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson & Escobar 1993 photo ok; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005

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