Psilochilus carinatus Garay 1978 Photo by Patricia Harding

Deep shadewarmSummer

Common Name The Carinate Psilochilus

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters as a warm growing terrestrial orchid with dark shiney green leaves with pale green striped leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, racemose successviely few flowered inflorescence.

This genus is widespread but not common and as such it is hard to find good information with good drawings about each species. I am fairly sure that all the photos within Psilochilus [At present three species are represented here but there are a total of 7] are correct for the genus but the species is in question.


References W3 Tropicos, IPNI ; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo good; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo ok