Prosthechea hartwegii (Lindl.) W. E. Higgins 1997

Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Another Clone

Photo courtesy of Eric Christenson

What has been called E hartwegii

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Gerardus Staal


Common Name Hartweg's Prosthechea [German Orchid Collector in Mexico 1800's]

Flower Size 5/8" [1.7 cm]

This small to medium sized, cool to cold growing, epiphytic species is found from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in very wet montane forests on moss covered trees at elevations of 1300 to 3100 meters often in full sun with clustered, compressed, conical to ellipsoid pseudobulbs carrying a single [mostly], linear-elliptic, acute leaf and blooms in the spring on an apical, 5 1/2" [14 cm] long, erect, few to several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb with fleshy, non-resupinate flowers.

The first 2 photos are what Eric Christenson has found to be exactly like the type specimen, the third is what we all have thought E hartwegi was.

Synonyms Anacheilium hartwegii (Lindl.) Pabst, Moutinho & A.V. Pinto 1981; Encyclia hartwegii[Lindl.] R. Vásquez & Dodson 1982; *Epidendrum hartwegii Lindl. 1844; Epidendrum pachyanthum Schlechter 1919

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 38 Schelchter1919 as Epidendrum pachyanthum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as Epidendrum hartwegii drawing good; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as Epidendrum hartwegii; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as Epidendrum hartwegii drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 as Epidendrum hartwegii drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Vasquez & Dodson Plate 527 1982 as Encyclia hartwegii drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, the Debatable Epidendrum Withner and Harding 2004 as Anacheilium hartwegii photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004 as Prosthechea hartwegii drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide


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