Anguloa virginalis Linden 1851

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Plant and Flowers in situ in Ecuador Photos courtesy of Eric Hunt

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Common Name The Virginal Anguloa

Flower Size 1 2/5" [3.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial in deep shade on steep humid hillsides, in wet montane forests at elevations of 1250 to 2400 meters with ovoid to oblong-ovoid, lightly compressed pseudobulbs with 2 pairs of basal sheaths that have apical, evanescent, soon scarious, foliaceous extensions and have 3 to 4, narrow to broadly oblanceolate, acute leaves with stiff ribs and a long attenuate petiole that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a stout, basal, to 10" [25 cm] long inflorescence with 5 to 7 large bracts and a large, inflated, acuminate floral bract that conceals the ovary all arising on a newly developing pseudobulb and carrying a single, showy, fleshy, pleasingly fragrant flower.

Synonyms Anguloa turneri B.S. Williams. 1885; Anguloa uniflora var. maculata Linden 1886; Anguloa uniflora var. turneri (B.S. Williams) R.H. Torr.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen #1 1-4 tafel 1&2 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 503 Vasquez and Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 002 Bennet & Christenson 1993 drawing hmm; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 5 COS 1994 photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 11 1998 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 4 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 12 2000 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001 as A virginalis var turneri; ; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2004; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 3 2006 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 10 2008 photo; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa, The Essential Guide Oakley 2008 photos fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide[ Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo ok; Orchids of Tropical America an introduction and guide Meisel 2014 photo fide;