!Nageliella purpurea [Lindley]L.O.Williams 1940 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower ensitu in Mexico Photo by Weyman Bussey

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Common Name Purple Nageliella

Flower Size about 1/8" [.7 cm]

This small sized, cool to warm growing epiphytic species is from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras from sealevel up to 1500 meters on horizontal, mossy branches of trees on rocky hillsides and is an easy warm growing, medium sized plant with slender, erect, pseudobulbous, clavate stems carrying a clasping at the base, lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate, acute or subacute, coriaceous, green leaves that are spotted bronze-purple and has non-fragrant flowers through-out the summer months. They open successively over months and keep pumping out of old dead looking 8" [24 cm] long, flower stems so don't cut them off at the end of the bloom season, because you will find that the old ones will rebloom next year as well. Best mounted on cork or tree fern and given moderate light and year round moisture.

Synonyms Hartwegia comosa Lindley ex Pfitz. ?; *Hartwegia purpurea Lindley 1837

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Hartwegia purpurea; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 881 Dodson 1983 drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 3 1986 drawing; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 629 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide

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