Schomburgkia sawyeri Withner 1993 SUBGENUS Chaunoschomburgkia Photo by Eric Hunt and his Flicker Orchid Photostream


Common Name Sawyer's Schomburgkia [American Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in the mountains on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the states of Guerrero and Morelos at elevations of 1500 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte with a pseudobulb carrying 1 to 2, apical leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, 5' 2" [1.5 meter] long, 3 to 20 flowered, racemose inflorescence.

I have studied the drawing of Laelia sawyeri and I am convinced that it represents a separate species or possibly a hybrid between S superbiens and M galletiotiana. If it is a separate species then it needs to be renamed Myrmecophila sawyeri to be correct within my franework.

Synonyms Laelia sawyeri L.O.Williams 1943

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 8 1961 drawing not = M galeotiana; Orquideologia Vol 12 3/4 1977/8; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 3 Withner 1990 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 ;