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The Thick lipped crassilabium

Anacheilium crassilabium or Prosthechea crassilabia


An epiphyte, terrestrial, or lithophyte. Rhizome segments not conspicuous. Pseudobulbs clustered, large, bimorphic, ovoid, compressed, or long atad cylindric.Leaves two to four. Flowers five to fifteen, non-resupinate, fleshy, rigid, coloring varies, greenish white to brown with dark purple spots to transversely barred markings. Lip white with pink-purple markings on thickened apex, though this is also variable. Lip unlobed, or obscurely three-lobed, shortly clawed, adnate just above middle of the column, abruptly contracted to a fleshy acute, keeled apex, disc covered by a raised, fleshy, sulcate, soft, and folded callus conforming to the under surface of the column. Column pale green, this is also variable. Ovary threewinged. MEASUREMENTS Pseudobulbs 6-20 cm long, 0.5-5 cm wide Leaves 14-40 cm long, 2.5-5 cm wide Inflorescence 30 cm long Spathe 5 cm long Sepals 10-13 mm long, 3-6 mm wide PetaIs 7-13 mm long, 2.5-6 mm wide Lip 7-8 mm long, 4-8 mm wide Column 5 mm long


Found in a garden in Canaima, Bolívar State, Amazon biome, Venezuela. Probably taken from the jungle at some point in the past. The garden was run by Pemon Indians.


This little guy always makes me giggle ( it is like a little guy with a flat cap on its head - A Peaky Blinder) It was very hard to identify as it has soooooo many different names! I hope this is the right one. If anyone knows better please let me know.

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Bolívar, Venezuela

Spotted on Jan 3, 2018
Submitted on Jan 21, 2018


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