72531 Psy. atropurpurea photo by Gene Dangler [Will Riley]

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Orchid Species: Psychilis atropurpurea

Psychilis atropurpurea is an orchid species identified by This is a natural hybrid in 1988.
Psychilis (Psy.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
This is a natural hybrid
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).
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Psy. atropurpurea 'Hamlyn' (2014) Psy. atropurpurea 'Fuchs' (1988)
    3 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
    7 months 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: http://www.yonggee.name/Genera/Photos2/Psychilis%20atropurpurea%20434.jpg
  3. John Marmaro
    7 months ago
    Please, somebody, propagate this lovely species, to make it available!
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