ORIGIN: Found in Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, French Guiana, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia and Northern Brazil in lower montane forests.
DESCRIPTION: A medium sized, hot to warm growing, epiphytic species with flat, round, bilaterally compressed, brown, wrinkled pseudobulbs mottled with red blotches and carrying a single, apical, rigidly erect, oblong to oblong-elliptic, obtuse, dark green mottled with purple or red leaf that produces single flowers from a basal, 2 to 5 foot [60 to 120 cm] long, successive opening spike that has triangular bracts and can flower for years if left alone so do not cut them as they can alos produce plantlets. I find that they prefer shady humid well watered conditions, but not to be kept too wet in the winter as the new growths will damp off with fungus.
FLOWER SIZE: 5 to 6 inches [12.5 to 15 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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