Anguloa virginalis: Tulip Orchid

Anguloa virginalis is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial in deep shade on steep humid hillsides, in wet montane forests at elevations of 1,250 to 2,400 meters.  From ovoid to oblong-ovoid, lightly compressed pseudobulbs emarge 2 pairs of basal sheaths that have 3 to 4 narrow to broadly oblanceolate, acute leaves with stiff ribs and a long attenuate petiole that blooms on a stout, basal, to 10″ [25 cm] long inflorescence with 5 to 7 large bracts and a large, inflated, acuminate floral bract that conceals the ovary all arising on a newly developing pseudobulb and carrying a single, showy, fleshy, pleasingly fragrant flower


Anguloa, commonly known as tulip orchids, is a small orchid genus closely related to Lycaste. Its abbreviation in horticulture is Ang. They named it in honor of Francisco de Angulo, a contemporary Peruvian who collected orchids as a hobby and by this way had become quite knowledgeable about these plants, assisting the botanists in their work.

This genus is found on the forest floor at high elevations from VenezuelaColombiaEcuador to Peru.

Photo: Orchid Display HouseAtlanta Botanical GardenAtlantaGeorgiaUSA  [20130913]


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