Psychopsis papilio

 Psychopsis papilio

Psychopsis papilio                                                                                                                                                          photo  C. Solimbergo
taxonomy described by (Lindley) Jones, Henry G.
  published in       Journal of Barbados Museum and Historical Society  35 ( 1 ) : 32    1975
  family  Orchidaceae
  subfamily Epidendroideae
  tribe Cymbidieae
  subtribe Oncidiinae
  genus Psychopsis  Rafinasque 1838
  metabolism 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

forests of Carabbean (Trinidad & Tobago), Guiana, Suriname, Venezuela (Bolivar, Carabobo, 

    Lara, Merida, Miranda, Monagas, Trujillo), Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
  altitude 460 - 1200 m  (1520 - 3960 ft) 
  habitat climate informations from San Cristobal (Merida, Venezuela)
    Köppen climate classification : Aw, tropical savanna climate (with a dry season and a rainy season)
    the weather station data (temperatures are calculated for an altitude of 850 m / 2800 ft) :
    Psychopsis papilio b gr uk
  photoperiod in San Cristobal this orchid bloom with a photoperiod, that varies during the year, from 12 h 30 m' to 11 h 30 m'
  life form epiphyte
  brightness    low
inflorescence     length 70 - 90 cm  (28" - 36"), basal  
  nr flowers 1, one at a time, for years
  size single flower  12 L 11 cm  (4.8" L 4.4")
  duration inflorescence20 - 30 days
  time to bloom from birth, ≈ 120 days 
CITES appendix II


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