ORIGIN: This species is the type species for the genus. A high altitude Andean species from Costa Rica south to Peru and Ecuador at an altitude of 2900-4400 meters.
DESCRIPTION: This species is the type species for the genus. A high altitude Andean species from Costa Rica south to Peru and Ecuador at an altitude of 2900-4400 meters and as such is a large sized, cold growing terrestrial of the high Andean meadows with fasciculate roots, a short to 2 stem carrying a few basally clasping, linear leaves in a rosette, which blooms in the spring and summer on a lateral from the base, 10 [25 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence enveloped by many, alternate, tubular, acuminate sheaths with the many inverted hood shaped flowers surrounding the top third. The successively opening flowers open white and glabrous but brown in a few days creating a brownish lower flower portion with the apex becoming gradually whiter.
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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