Sarcoglottis ventricosa ( Vell. ) Hoehne 1952 Photo by Gustavo Righelato

Another View Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Plant in situ in Argentina

Plant and Flowers Photos courtesy of Alejandro Taborda

Inflorescence Photo by Ricardo Luis Penz and his Orchid Website

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Common Name The Thick Bellied Sarcoglottis [probably refers to the ovary]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in southeastern Brazil and to Missiones Argentina as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial orchid with 3 to 8, thin, lustrous, gradually narrowing below into the canaliculate, pseudopetiolate base leaves that are almost withered as it blooms in the later spring and early summer on a terminal, a dense, club-shaped, to 32" [80 cm] long, 17 to 35 flowered inflorescence with the flowers covered by white hairs and 8 to 12 brown sheaths

Synonyms Orchis ventricosa (Vell.) Steud. 1841; Sarcoglottis rufescens Klotzsch 1842; *Serapias ventricosa Vell. 1831; Spiranthes rufescens Fisch. ex Warm. 1884

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Fasc 8 Vol XII II 13-43 Orchidaceae Hoehne 1945 as S rufescens; Flora Brasilica Fasc 8 Vol XII II 13-43 Orchidaceae Hoehne 1945 as S rufescens drawing fide; Icongoraphia de Orchidaceae do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as S rufescens drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; 100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 73 No 4 2008 photo;