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.