Houlletia wallisii Linden & Rchb. f. 1869

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Another Flower

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Another Flower

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens


Common Name Wallis' Houlletia

Flower Size about 2" [about 5 cm]

This large sized, warm to cool growing species can be found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in extremely wet montane forests at elevations of 1300 to 2400 meters as a terrestrial on steep embankments with a short rhizome giving rise to pyriform pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thin, plicate, elliptic leaf that has a long, slender, basal petiole and blooms at most any time of the year on a basal, basally pendant to apically erect, to 1 1/4' [37.5 cm] long, few [3 to 5] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with very waxy, fragrant [tutti fruiti], non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Houlletia chrysantha L. Linden & André 1871; Houlletia wallisii var. hennisiana Schltr.1915; Houlletia wallisii var. odontoptera Rchb.f. 1876; Jennyella wallisii (Linden & Rchb.f.) Szlach. 2006; Jennyella wallisii var. hennisiana (Schltr.) Lückel & Baumbach 2007 publ. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as H chrysantha; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 aas H chrysantha; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 438 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0079 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orquideología Vol 26 #2 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #8 2015 as H chrysantha photo fide; The Orchid Review Vol 127 No 1328 December 2019 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;