Rudolfiella floribunda (Schltr.) Hoehne 1953 Photo by Orchidées en Nord Website

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Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Danny Lentz ©, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Floriferous Rudolfiella

Flower Size 1 3/8" [3.2 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet tropical forests at elevations of 200 to 800 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose lithophyte and epiphyte with ovoid-pyriform, lightly sulcate, glabrous pseudobulbs subtended by several dry basal, papery bracts with a single elliptic-lanceolate, attenuate, acute, plicate, subcoriaceous, rigid leaf with an elongate, terete petiole that blooms on a lateral, 15" [36 cm] long, very lax, several flowered, racemose inflorescence with 3 tubular scarious bracts on the lower half and minute floral bracts that is longer than the leaf and arising on a mature pseudobulb with successive opening flowers occuring in the summer in cultivation and winter in nature.

Synonyms Bifrenaria floribunda (Schltr.) C. Schweinf. 1944; Bifrenaria saxicola (Schltr.) C. Schweinf. 1944; *Lindleyella floribunda Schltr. 1924; *Lindleyella saxicola Schltr. 1924; Rudolfiella saxicola [Schltr] Hoehne 1953; Schlechterella floribunda (Schltr.) Hoehne 1944; Schlechterella saxicola (Schltr.) Hoehne 1944

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:84 Schlechter 1924 as Lindleyella floribunda; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:143 Schlechter 1924 Lindleyella saxicola; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 1 1962 photo as Bifrenaria saxicola; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 907 Dodson 1984 as Bifrenaria saxicola drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 175 Bennett & Christenson 1993 as R saxicola drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 as R saxicola photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 #2051 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo not = R picta; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 #2052 Dodson 2004 as R picta drawing fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 R floribunda = R bicornaria; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 as Bifrenaria saxicola photo fide

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