!Saundersia mirabilis Rchb. f. 1866


Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Americo Docha Neto

Common Name or Meaning The Grand Saundersia

Flower Size 1/4" [.6 cm]

Found in Espiriou Santo, Rio de Janiero, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais Brazil in the Mantiqueira Rain Forest Mountains at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect, to slightly curved, robust stem enveloped basally by tight, imbricating, acute sheaths and carrying, erect to spreading, thick, narrowly wedge to strap shaped, flat to slightly concave, acute, narrows below into an elongate, narrow conduplicate petiole-like base leaves that blooms in the fall in situ on a nodding, to pendulous, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence enveloped completely by several, imbricating, acute sheaths with the flowers held towards the apex..

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1873 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006