Helcia brevis ( Rolfe ) Dodson 1991

Photo by Eric Hunt

Common Name The Short Helcia

Flower Size 1.9" [4.8 cm] wide

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 900 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with cylindrical to conical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, 10" [25 cm] long, erect to slightly arching, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising from the base of a mature pseudobulb with the fragrant flowers held at the leaf tips

Synonyms Neoescobaria brevis [Rolfe]Garay 1972; *Trichopilia brevis Rolfe 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Trichopilia brevis; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Neoescobaria brevis drawing fide; *Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 as Neoescobariana brevis drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 32 1977 - 2056 Brieger 1996 as Neoescobaria brevis drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Oncidium/Odontoglossum Alliance Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 as Trichopilia brevis photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo/drawing fide;