Helcia sanguinolenta

Helcia sanguinolenta 

Helcia sanguinolenta                                                                                                                                                       photo C. Solimbergo
taxonomy described by Lindley, John
published in     Edwards's Botanical Register  31 . misc. 17    1845
family  Orchidaceae
subfamily Epidendroideae
tribe Cymbidieae
subtribe Oncidiinae
genus Helcia  Lindley 1845
chromosomes  2n = 56 

CAM pathway, stomata of the leaves are open at night.

    (K.Silvera, L.S. Santiago, J.C. Cushman, K. Winter - International Symposium on Plant Biology, August 2013) 
    it is useful give the soluble mineal nutriens, on the roots. 
native of origins humid forests in Colombia, Ecuador (Azuay, Bolivar, Cañar, Chimborazo), 
Peru (Cajamarca, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Piura)
altitude 1000 - 3000 m  (2000 - 6300 ft)

climate informations from Cuenca (Azuay, Ecuador)

    Köppen climate classification : Cfb, humid subtropical climate in all seasons, with hot summers
    the weather station data (temperatures are calculated for an altitude of 2000 m / 6600 ft) :
    Helcia sanguinolenta a gr uk
  photoperiod  in Cuenca this orchid bloom with a photoperiod, that varies during the year, from 12 h 10 m' to 11 h 50 m'
life form epiphyte
brightness    partial shade
inflorescence     length 7 - 10 cm  (2.8" - 4"), basal  
nr flowers 1 - 2, fragrant
size single flower  4 L 4,5 cm  (1.6" L 1.8")
duration single flower, ≈ 20 - 30 days      
time to bloom from birth, ≈ 25 - 30 days   
CITES appendix II

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