Rodriguezia pulchra Løjtnant 1978 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Another Flower?

Another Clone? Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Common Name or Meaning The Beautiful Rodriguezia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in eastern Ecuador and Peru in very wet montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 1650 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a short rhizome carrying narrowly ovate, flattened, sulcate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, subpetiolate, conduplicate towards the base leaf that blooms in the spring in Ecuador and fall in the nortern hemisphere on several, basal through the sheaths, 1 3/5" [4 cm] long, few to several [4 to 6] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb.

CAUTION!!!!! There are 3 distinct types above that are designated as R pulchra first 2 photos are supported by Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 485 Dodson 1982 and Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol V Dodson 2004. The third photo is supported by Izerskyy 2011 and the fourth by Zelenko 2009. I cannot be sure of which photo is thp real R pulchra so please use with caution. I would tend to believe the first 2 photos are correct.


References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 485 Dodson 1982 drawing fide to the first photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo 1st fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide to the third photo; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide to the second photo