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Orchid Species: Peristeria elata

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Peristeria elata is an orchid species identified by Hook. in 1831.
Genus
Peristeria (Per.)
Grex
elata
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
Hook.
Year
1831
ORIGIN: Found as a large sized, warm to hot growing terrestrial or lithophytic orchid from Costa Rica Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela where it is found in shaded grassland edges and stone outcrops in tropical wet forests at elevations of 100 to 700 meters.

DESCRIPTION: This is the national flower of Panama and is commonly called the 'Dove Orchid' or 'Holy Ghost Orchid' and it is easy to see the dove sitting on the nest within the flower. It is found as a large sized, warm to hot growing terrestrial or lithophytic orchid from Costa Rica Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela where it is found in shaded grassland edges and stone outcrops in tropical wet forests at elevations of 100 to 700 meters with clustered, large, ovoid or conical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by imbricate, papery sheaths with the upper 2 being leaf bearing and carrying 3 to 5 apical, plicate, broadly lanceolate to elliptic, acute or acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate short petiolate base leaves. It blooms from July till August and has a rigidly erect, to 4 1/2' [135 cm] long, basal inflorescence with 10 to 15, campanulate, subglobose, waxy flowers and appearing on a new growth and opening as the pseudobulb has matured but before the leaves drop. The flowers opens successively over a long period with many [10 to 20], highly scented, waxy, cup-shaped flowers, but only 4 to 6 open at any one time.

FLOWER SIZE: 2 inches [5 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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Peristeria elata This plant has long been one of my favourites. It is a terrestrial and loves warm growing conditions. It is the national flower of Panama where it grows as a terrestrial in loamy soil and humus poc... 0
PERISTERIA ELATA: A Problem Plant by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler). Cultural directions: the vital rest period may be missed if use of frequent liquid fertilizings stimulates the vegetative growth, if there is strong light during the night; temperatures should be a... 0
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