Huntleya burtii [Endres & Rchb.f] Pfitzer 1889 - See also Huntleya meleagris Lindl. 1891

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Photos by Jay Pfahl

Dark Color Form

Photo by Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Column and Lip Detail

Photos by Zainal Abidin Bin Othman

FragranceFull shadeWarmTo HotWinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name Burt's Huntleya [English Orchid Collector - South America - 1800's]

Flower Size 4 4/5" [12 cm]

Found from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Peru mid-way up on tree trunks in tropical wet and montane cloud forests as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations around 300 to 1200 meters with no pseudobulbs and a fan-shape growth habit with oblong, conduplicate basally, articulate, acute, leaves that have imbricate, alternate, distichous sheathing bases from which arises, at any time of the year, a short inflorescence, arising from the lower leaf axils that holds the flat, occasionally fragrant flower at mid leaf. Very similar to Huntleya meleagris but differs by having dark stains at the base of the petals.

The major difference between H burtii and H meleagris is location and the maroon spots on either side of the column. H burtii is found in central America through the northwestern Colombian coast and has the maroon spots towards the center of the flower. H meleagris on the other hand occurs from Venezuela through Brazil and Bolivia and has no central maroon spots on either side of the column.

Synonyms *Batemannia burtii Endres & Rchb.f. 1872; Huntleya burtii Pfitzer; Huntleya burtii Rolfe 1916; Huntleya burtii [Endres & Rchb.f] Pfitzer 1889; Zygopetalum burtii (Endres & Rchb. f.) Benth. & Hook. f. ex Hemsl. 1883;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Batemania burtii; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 54. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 9 1962 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 3 1974 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 3 1980 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 780 Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 6 1984 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1537 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993 photo good; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 2 1994 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 262 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Manual de Plants de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing good; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 3 2008 photo; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo good; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #2 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 pollinia only photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #4 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #10 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #5 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #12 2017 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide