Pachyphyllum crystallinum Lindl. 1846 Photo by Henry Oakley

Another Flower

Plant and Flowers Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Full Shade Cold Summer Fall

Common Name The Crystal-Like Pachyphyllum

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru on scrubby trees at elevations of 3000 to 4000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a scandent stem enveloped by loose, imbricate leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying fleshy, elliptic-ovate, apiculate leaves with hispidulous margins that blooms in the summer and fall on a short, lateral, racemose, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with minute flowers.

CAUTION The two different flowers above are very similar but have differences so please use with caution

Synonyms Fernandezia crystallina (Lindl.) M.W.Chase 2011; Pachyphyllum stuebelii Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Orchid. Linden. 18. 1846; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as P stuebelii; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 5 Foldats 1970; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 31 Schlechter/Brieger 1995 drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 343 Bennett & Christenson 1995 as P steubelii drawing hmm; Flora Costaricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae Mora and Atwood 1999; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo not; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo ok; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide