Saturday, September 24, 2016

Basiphyllea corallicola (Small) Ames, maybe? This one has me stumped.

It is very rare that I can't identify a local species of orchid let alone decide to what genera a plant belongs.  My best guess is that this is a freshly opened flower of Basiphyllea corallicola.  However since all I have are line drawings and descriptions and my own limited knowledge of this genera, the ID has to be tentative.  The plant is growing in the Maricao forest.  It was the only open flower of this plant that was not severely damaged or already collapsed.  I know the flowers of Basiphyllea barely open, so this may be something else.  Then however I have no idea what it is.  

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