Dendrophylax fawcetti Rolfe. 1888

Mother Plant and Keiki

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warm To Hot LATERSpring

Common Name Fawcett's Dendrophylax [English Botanist 1800's]

Found on Grand Cayman in hammock like vegetation on trees and rocks as a small sized, hot to warm growing leafless epiphyte or lithophyte with a miniscule stem carrying numerous, gray-green, fasciculate, flat when adpressed to the substrate roots without leavs, that blooms in the later spring on an erect or ascendant, to 2 3/4" [to 7 cm] long inflorescence with 1 to 2 bracts and carrying a single, showy, resupinate, diurnally fragrant flower.

This species has a tendency to keiki. It puts up an inflorescence-like growth that is about 2' long and at the apex instead of a flower a new growth will apppear. After time it can be pinched off and be viable on it's own.

Synonyms Polyrrhiza fawcetti (Rolfe) Cogn. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Polyrrhiza fawcetii; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 as Polyrrhiza fawcettii; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 10 2006 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #12 2013 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014