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ORIGIN: Found in Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, Zaire, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Florida, Georgia USA, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Leewards, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Windwards, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, on roadside banks and marshy areas at elevations of sea-level to 1500 meters.
DESCRIPTION: A large sized, pantropical, hot to warm growing terrestrial with tuberous stems concealed by basally clasping, leaf-bearing sheaths with linear-lanceolate, acuminate, 9 veined, plicate, stiff, basally conduplicate leaves with the mid-vein thickened and arising with the blooms occurring in the spring in the northern hemisphere and in the fall in the southern hemisphere on a basal, stiffly erect, racemose, 6' [2 m] long inflorescence with linear floral bracts that carry many [30+], resupinate flowers.
FLOWER SIZE: 3/4 inch [2 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).