Psygmorchis glossomystax (Rchb. f.) Dodson & Dressler 1972

Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista

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Photo by Alejandro Calderon Gonzalez

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Another Flower

Photo courtesy of of Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page


Common Name The Tongue-Shaped Mustache Psygmorchis

Flower Size 1/2" [1.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing fan-shaped, twig epiphyte in montane rainforest on small branches and old coffee plants at altitudes of 230 to 1410 meters with numerous, bilaterally compressed, lanceolate-subfalcate, acute, subfleshy leaves and blooms from winter, spring and summer on an axillary, 3/8" [1 cm] long, scapose, sequentially, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence that is twice the length of the leaves to just past the leaves and has a giant flower in proportion to the plant.

Synonyms Erycina glossomystax (Rchb. f.) N.H. Williams & M.W. Chase 2001; Oncidium articulatum E.S. Rand 1889; *Oncidium glossomystax Rchb. f. 1852

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; *Bot. Zeitung (Berlin) 10: 696. 1852 as Oncidium glossomystax; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Oncidium glossomystax; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as O glossomystaxVenezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as Oncidium glossomystax; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 as Oncidium glossomystax; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 as Oncidium glossomystax drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 274 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 12 1982 photo good; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0161 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 0288 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 362 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001 as Erycina glossomystax; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as Erycina glossomystax; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 as Oncidium glossomystax; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide as Erycina glossomystax; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Erycina glossomystax photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 as Erycina glossomystax photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018