Lycomormium fuscatum [Rchb.f] R Jenny 2010

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

Drawing Drawing by Pastorelli courtesy of Eric Christenson


Common Name

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru on steep embankments in wet montane forests at elevations of 900 to 1500 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or epiphyte with ovoid-pyriform, compressed, ancipitous above pseudobulbs carrying 3, apical, lanceolate, acute, plicate, erect, mid vein prominent, narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a basal, pendent, secund, pedunlce 10 to 14" [25 to 35 cm] long, provided with 5 to 6, short, close, tubular, green bracts, 8 to 12 flowered inflorescence with slightly inflated, shorter than the ovaryfloral bracts and carrying globose, fleshy, scented flowers.

Notice the apex of the lip and how it differs from L schmidtii which it is the closest in appearance

Synonyms *Peristeria fuscata Rchb.f. 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 282 Bennett & Christenson 1995 as L squallidum drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #1 2011 drawing fide;