ORIGIN: Found in Tamaulipas, Puebla, Vera Cruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua on trees and rocks in humid montnae forests at elevations of 1100 to 1700 meters.
DESCRIPTION: Found in Tamaulipas, Puebla, Vera Cruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua on trees and rocks in humid montnae forests at elevations of 1100 to 1700 meters and is a small to medium sized, cold to warm growing epiphyte or a lithophyte with ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by scarious sheaths carrying several apical, elliptic-lanceolate, plicate, deciduous, acuminate leaves that when fallen leave a few sharp spines. They have very fragrant flowers in the spring on a erect, several at once, to 6 [15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with scarious sheaths and appear as the new growths arise and they are sometimes deciduous, so as the leaves brown to fall off they should be kept cooler and dry until the new growths arise in the spring.
FLOWER SIZE: To 4 1/2 inch [to 11.5 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
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