Eltroplectris calcarata (Sw.) Garay & H.R. Sweet
Family: Orchidaceae
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Plants to 70 cm. Roots numerous, 18 cm × 2-6 mm. Stems subterranean, obscured by roots. Leaves glabrous; petiole erect, reddish, slender, 9-20 cm, usually longer than blade; blade green, lanceolate to broadly elliptic, 9-15 × 3.5-7 cm, base cuneate, margins entire to crenulate, apex acute to acuminate. Inflorescences: peduncle reddish, satinlike, glabrous proximally, pubescent distally, with a few distant, sheathing bracts, 28-65 cm; racemes 3-11-flowered. Flowers spindly; sepals green, narrowly lanceolate, 21-30 × 6-7 mm, apex acuminate; dorsal sepal projecting over column; lateral sepals spreading; petals green, linear, 19-21 × 3 mm, apex acuminate; lip recurved, attached to column foot, white, ovate, lamina notched distal to middle, margins fringed, 2 cm, apex acuminate; spur adnate to ovary for 8-9 mm, cylindric, 15-17 mm, free portion curved, 7-9 mm; column semiterete, 8-10 mm, apex pointed; pedicellate ovary 1.5-2.3 cm, glabrous or sparsely pubescent. Capsules 18-25 mm; spur persistent. Flowering Jan--Mar. In humus of moist hardwood hammocks; 0--30 m; Fla.; West Indies; n South America.
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Eltroplectris calcarata image
Eltroplectris calcarata image
Kathy M. Davis, University of Florida Herbarium  
Eltroplectris calcarata image
Eltroplectris calcarata image
Eltroplectris calcarata image
Eltroplectris calcarata image
Eltroplectris calcarata image
Eltroplectris calcarata image
Eltroplectris calcarata image
Eltroplectris calcarata image