Notylia microchila Cogn. 1904 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website


Common Name The Tiny Lipped Notylia

Flower Size 1/8" [5 mm]

Found at elevations of 100-1500 meters, this miniature sized, caespitose, hot to cool growing epiphytic species comes from Venezuela, Guyana, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests and in coffee plantations with small, cylindric, complanate pseudobulbs enveloped by a series of sheaths with the uppermost leaf bearing and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-oblong, acute, conduplicate at the base leaf that blooms in the spring on a pendant, 4 1/4" [11 cm] long, densly many flowered, racemose inflorescence with 3 ovate acuminate bracts and the lanceolate, acuminate, half the length of the ovaries floral bracts and carrying many flowers held in a cylindrical fashion well below the leaves.

CAUTION The lip seems much too big in the photo to be the species in question.

Synonyms Notylia amesiana L.B. Sm. & S.K. Harris 1937; Notylia conduplicans C. Schweinf. 1946;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as N sagittifera drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 as Notylia amesii drawing okish; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as N sagittifera drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 329 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing hmm; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 32 1996; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/ photo hmm; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006