Warczewiczella amazonica Rchb.f & Warscew 1854

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Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name or Meaning The Amazon Warczewiczella

Flower Size About 4" [about 10 cm]

This species is from the Amazon Basin of Brazil, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in shady wet forests and is a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte from elevations of 150-1000 meters with a fan-shaped spread of ligulate-lanceolate leaves that are attenuate and articulate into the leaf sheaths below and blooms on an basal, erect to descending, short to 10" [25 cm] long peduncle with a solitary, waxy, candy, rose, narcissus to verbena scented flower held below the leaves occuring in the winter and early spring.

As this orchid has no pseudobulbs it must be provided with an evenly moist environment and fairly new media as the roots can be attacked by root rot if the potting mix breaks down.

Synonyms Chondrorhyncha amazonica [Rchb.f & Warsc.]A.D.Hawkes 1965; Cochleanthes amazonica [Rchb.f & Warsc.]R.E. Schult. & Garay 1959 Warscewiczella lindeni (Rolfe) hort 1892; Zygopetalum amazonicum (Rchb. f. & Warsz.) Rchb. f. 1863; Zygopetalum lindeni Rolfe 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as Warczewiczella amazonica drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 67. Panama Schlechter 1922; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as warcewiczella amazonica drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Chondrorhyncha amazonica; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 913 Dodson 1984 as Cochleanthes amazonica drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0030 Dodson & Bennett 1989 as Cochleanthes amazonica drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993 as Cochleanthes amazonica photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 21 #3 2000 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 photo fide; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Huntleyas and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 #3 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 10 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #2 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #4 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #10 2015 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #10 2016 as Warczewicziella amazonica photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 7 2017 photo fide;