Lophiaris microchila (Bateman ex Lindl.) Senghas 1997SECTION Crassifolia

Photo by Patricia Harding

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Photo by Danny Lentz , plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Small-Lipped Lophiaris

Flower Size to 1" [to 2.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras at elevations up to 2300 meters as a small sized, warm to cool terrestrial or lithophyte with small, ovoid or spherical, strongly compressed pseudobulbs completely enveloped by several, imbricating, stiff, close, triangular, leafless sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic to elliptic-oblong, acute, coriaceous, olive colored leaf that is keeled below and blooms in the summer with a densly few to several [4 to 8] flowered, to 5' [150 cm] long, multi-branched panicle with longlasting, cider scented flowers arising on a new growth.

Synonyms Lophiarella microchila (Bateman ex Lindl.) Szlach., Mytnik & Romowicz 2006; Oncidium funcki Hort.Belg. ex Lubbers 1880; Oncidium microchilum Bateman ex Lindl. 1840; Trichocentrum microchilum (Bateman ex Lindl.) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 as Oncidium microchilum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 5/456 1992 as Oncidium microchilum photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001 as Trichocentrum microchilum; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006 as Oncidium microchilum; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 as Trichocentrum microchilum; Oncidium Vol 3 Koniger 2007 photo/drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Trichocentrum microchilum photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 as Trichocentrum mcrochilum; Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 21 #2 Cetzal-Ix Carnevalli and Romero-Gonzalez 2016 Synopsis of the Trichocentrum Clade as Lophiariella microchila photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Lophiarella microchila