Trichopilia tortilis

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Trichopilia tortilis (not my photo)

Common Name: The Twisted Trichopilia
Scented: yes
Light Requirements: deep shade
Temperature Requirements: intermediate to hot
Blooms: spring and summer
Flower Size: 10cm

A medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphytic species found in damp tropical forests at elevations up to 1500m with oblong to cylindric, laterally compressed pseudobulbs concealed by one or more brown spotted basal bracts carrying a single, subcoriaceous, elliptic-lanceolate, abaxially carinate leaf with a conduplicate petiole at the base that flowers on a basal, pendulous, 5cm to 10cm long, slender, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence, arising on a newly matured pseudobulb, that has tubular, scarious bracts and large, showy, fragrant, waxy flowers occurring in the spring and summer and comes from Mexico to Costa Rica.


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