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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Prosthechea

Prosthechea glauca
Prosthechea glauca
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The genus Prosthechea belongs to the family of Orchidaceae, sub-family Epidendroideae, tribe Epidendreae, sub-tribe Laeliinae, alliance Epidendrum.

Description:

The genus is characterized by the presence of elongated and flattened pseudo-bulbs ended in a narrow foliage set of 2-3 leaves.

Pseudo-bulbs are separated by a rhizome of 1-8cm. Roots do not exceed one millimeter in diameter.

The lip is not lobed and does not surround the column with its side lobes.

Synonyms:

Epithecia, Hormidium, Anacheilium, Epicladium, Euchile, Pseudencyclia, Panarica, Pollardia

Origin:

Central America, southern United States, Mexico

Species:

The genus Prosthechea contains about 120 species.
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