Mormodes rolfeanum Linden 1891 SECTION Mormodes
Dark Color Form Photos By Jay Pfahl
Common Name Rolfe's Mormodes [English Taxomonist at Kew 1800's]
Flower Size 3" [8cm]
This robust, medium sized, caespitose, warm to cool growing epiphytic species can be found in wet, cloud forests at 900 to 1900 meters in Colombia, Ecuador and northwestern Peru with fusiform to ovoid-fusiform pseudobulbs covered with 6 to 9 pairs of distichous, imbricating leaf sheaths carrying lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, subcoriaceous, bright green leaves that blooms in the winter and springon an erect, 11" [28 cm] long, few to several [6 to 10] flowered, racemose inflorescence that arises from the lower part of a mature pseudobulb with leaves and has fragrant flowers that are held at midleaf.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 9 1980 drawing; Die Orchideen lieferung 26 Schlechter/Brieger 1992 photo good; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 120 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing maybe; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photos not; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide