Hormidium pseudopygmaeum Finet 1899

Photo by © Moises Behar

Full shade Cool Cold Fall

Common Name The False Dwarf Hormidium

Flower Size .64" to 1.08" [1.6 to 2.6 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama at elvations of 1400 to 2700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with narrowly spindle shaped pseduobulbs carrying 2 to 3 leaves that blooms in the later fall on a terminal, [1.7 to 3 cm] long, 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence.

Differs from H pygmaea by the larger plant, longer and narrower leaves and the larger, more numerous flowers.

Synonyms Encyclia pseudopygmaea (Finet) Dressler & G.E.Pollard 1974; Epidendrum pseudopygmaeum (Finet) Hamer & Garay 1974; Prosthechea pseudopygmaea (Finet) W.E.Higgins 1997 publ. 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 129. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 207. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; AOS Bullletin Vol 48 #5 1979 as Encyclia pseudopygmaea; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979 as Encyclia pseudopygmaea; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 as Encyclia pseudopygmaea photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as Prosthechea pseudopygmaea; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, the Debateable Epidendrum Withner and Harding 2004; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Prosthechea pseudopygmaea; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Prosthechea pseudopygmaea photo fide