Beloglottis costaricensis (Rchb.f.) Schltr.

First published in Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 37(2): 365 (1920)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Florida, Mexico to Tropical America. It is an epiphyte and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.


George R. Proctor (2012). Flora of the Cayman Isands (Second Edition). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial, erect herbs with few thick, fleshy, roots 1–6 cm long
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 2–3, fugacious, present or absent at the time of flowering, delicate, glabrous; petioles erect, slender, 2–4 cm long; blades spreading, elliptic, acute, 2.5–4.5(–9) cm long, 1.3–2.0(–3.3) cm wide. Inflorescence a many-flowered, slender, pubescent raceme; floral bracts erect, clasping base of ovary, ovate, acuminate, 5–9 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white with dark green midveins, resupinate, subsalverform; sepals dorsally and basally pubescent, united at their base, dorsal sepal 1-nerved, lanceolate, acute, 4–6 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; lateral sepals 1- nerved, oblique, lanceolate, acute to acuminate, 4.2–6 mm long, 1.2 mm wide; petals glabrous and parallel to the dorsal sepal, 1-nerved, linear, slightly falcate, acute, 4 mm long, 0.6 mm wide; lip glabrous, attached to base of column foot, 3-nerved, clawed, auriculate, pandurate, acute-acuminate, 4.5 mm long, 1.5 mm wide, the claw 1.5 mm long, the auricles subulate, 0.7–0.8 mm long, projecting basally and flanking the column and column foot
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column slender, 2.5 mm long with a foot that extends obliquely along the ovary 1.5 mm long without forming a mentum. Capsules erect, ellipsoidal, 4–6 mm long.
Rocky woodland
Grand Cayman.  Florida, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad.

Biogeografic region: Andean. Elevation range: 780–1000 m a.s.l. Native to Colombia. Colombian departments: Cundinamarca, Magdalena.

Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

Nativa en Colombia; Alt. 1000 m.; Andes.
Morphology General Habit
No Evaluada

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E.

Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident


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