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Orchid Species: Psychilis atropurpurea

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Psychilis atropurpurea is an orchid species identified by (Willd.) Sauleda in 1988.
Psychilis (Psy.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
(Willd.) Sauleda
ORIGIN: Found in Dominican Republic and Haiti in cactus thorn scrub, semi-arid pine woods and broad leafed forests at elevations of sea level to 1100 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with pyriform, deeply ribbed pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 4, coriaceous, stiff, erect, linear to narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, truncate, smooth margins, involute leaves that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a terminal, erect, stiff, partially enveloped by tubular scarious sheaths, to 60 [150 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with scarious, ovate, acuminate floral bracts.

FLOWER SIZE: 1.84 inches [4.6 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Encyclia E atropurpurea 1914 (Willd.) Schltr.
Add+ Epidendrum Epi atropurpureum 1806 Willd.
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    11 months ago
    Psychilis atropurpurea is a good species, however this picture on the post [by Gene Dangler] does not correspond to it.... it is clearly an Encyclia hybrid. Any search for Psychilis atropurpurea can tell you that.
  2. John Marmaro
    over 1 year ago
    Psychilis atropurpurea is not a hybrid, it is a true species; though the plant in the photo-- which is NOT Psychilis atropurpurea-- might in fact be a hybrid of it. The true species has tepals ranging from bright green, through hazelnut, tawny, to brown, but always with the distal ends broader and with roundish, darker spots; the lip resembles many Encyclia labella, white with pink flushing or faint striping. The plant pictured here is likely a hybrid with Cattleya; a link to a correct photo of the species is:
  3. John Marmaro
    over 1 year ago
    Please, somebody, propagate this lovely species, to make it available!

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