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Orchid Species: Grandiphyllum auricula

Grandiphyllum auricula is an orchid species identified by (Vell.) Docha Neto in 2006.
Genus
Grandiphyllum (Gdp.)
Grex
auricula
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
(Vell.) Docha Neto
Year
2006
ORIGIN: This miniature to small sized, cool to warm growing, lithophytic or epiphytic, cold to cool growing species is found in Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais, Brazil on moss covered tree trunks in primary forests near streams in areas with hot dry days and cool nights with frequent dews at elevations around 1000 meters.

DESCRIPTION: This miniature to small sized, cool to warm growing, lithophytic or epiphytic, cold to cool growing species is found in Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais, Brazil on moss covered tree trunks in primary forests near streams in areas with hot dry days and cool nights with frequent dews at elevations around 1000 meters with elliptic to somewhat round, light green, laterally compressed, ancipitous, pseudobulb partially enveloped basally by a few dry, leafless sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, acute, stiff, leathery, very fleshy, keeled below, shortly conduplicate below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, erect to arching, 5 to 12 [12.5 to 30 cm] long, to 40 flowered inflorescence with basal branches and partially open flowers. This plant has a decided mule ear look but differs in having conspicuous pseudobulbs.

FLOWER SIZE: About 1/8 inch [5 to 6 mm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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