Native to Bolivia and Peru
Edited 17 August 2009
© Nina Rach
Originally published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 12: 491. 1913.
This high-altitude species has open, starry flowers, growing in clusters at or near the top of tall canes (terminal or near-terminal inflorescences. Flowers are concolor bright lavender with crystalline texture. The lip is relatively small and slightly fimbriate, with 4-5 golden yellow keels.
Botanical specimens, collected by T. Herzog on 30 June 1911 in Bolivia, "Im Buschwald der Waldgrenze bei Tocorani. 2900 m."
Type sheets at NHN and S Herbaria:
* Leiden Herbarium (properly: Nationaal Herbarium Nederland-Leiden Branch), specimen 223258.
* Phanerogamic Botanical Collections-S, specimen S-R-5807.
Rudolph Schlecter 1913. Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. vol. 12, p. 491.
ING: Index Nominum Genericorum,
URL: http://botany.si.edu/ing/ from the U.S. National Herbarium, Dept. of Systematic Biology - Botany, Smithsonian Institution
International Plant Names Index [IPNI],
Global Biodiversity Information Facility:
GBIF species 15715358
Photos by Eric Hunt, San Francisco, on Flickr:
plant in situ and
flower closeup - photographed in Department of Cusco, southern Peru, April 2006.
Eric's photos can also be found on his website:
Some notes at