Ligeophila juruenensis (Hoehne) Garay 1977 Photo courtesy of Marcelo R Miranda and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Drawing Drawing by Ormerod and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Juruena River Ligeophila [A river in Amazonas Brazil]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Surinam, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru Bolivia and Argentina at elevations of 700 to 1200 meters as a just small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with 3 to 5, lanceolate, acuminate, thin, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a terminal, 4 to 5.6" [10 to 14 cm] long, rachis .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, 6 to 15 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate floral bracts.

CAUTION!! This species and L stigmatoptera have been confused for years but the references for L stigmatoptera have the midlobes of the lip as tendrils instead of wide lobes and there is no isthmus at the base of the lip. It seems that L juruensis is the more common species as I can find no photos of L stigmatoptera.

Synonyms Aspidogyne juruenensis (Hoehne) Meneguzzo 2012; Erythrodes juruenensis (Hoehne) Ames 1922; Erythrodes santensis (Kraenzl.) C.Schweinf. 1941; Ligeophila chinimensis Ormerod 2005; *Physurus juruenensis Hoehne 1910; Physurus santensis Kraenzl. 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the family Orchidaceae Vol VII Ames 1922 as Erythrodes juruensis; Flora Brasilica Fasc 8 Vol XIL II 13-43 1945 as Physurus santensis drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Fasc 8 Vol XIL II 13-43 1945 as Physurus juruensis drawing fide; Iconographia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as Physurus juruensis drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as Erythrodes santensis; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as Erythrodes santensis drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as Erythrodes juruensis drawing fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchids of the Department of Valle del Cauca Vol 1 Kolanowski & Szlachetko 2012 photos fide; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra Do Castelo Vol 1 Chiron & Bolsanello 2015 drawing fide/photo fide