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Orchid Species: Rhynchostele cordata

Rhynchostele cordata is an orchid species identified by This is a natural hybrid in 1993.
Genus
Rhynchostele (Rst.)
Grex
cordata
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
This is a natural hybrid
Year
1993
ORIGIN: From Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and in Venezuela as a small to medium sized, cold to warm growing species is found epiphytically and sometimes terrestrially in the paramo [mist forest] that forms at 1900-3000 meters.

DESCRIPTION: From Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and in Venezuela as a small to medium sized, cold to warm growing species is found epiphytically and sometimes terrestrially in the paramo [mist forest] that forms at 1900-3000 meters with ellipsoid-ovoid, flattened pseudobulbs subtended by several scarious, 2 to 4, conduplicate below and leaf-bearing above sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-lanceolate, apiculate, leaf that is conduplicate basally and blooms in the spring on a basal, erect, to 1 1/2' [30 to 60 cm]long, racemose, laxly few to several [4 to 12] flowered inflorescence arising from on a a mature pseudobulb from the leaf bearing sheaths with lanceolate, acuminate bracts. Pots or tree fern mounts suit this species fine as well as cool to warm temperatures never hot, high humidity, and semi-shade.

FLOWER SIZE: To 3 inches [4 to 7.5 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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