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Anacheilium fragrans


Anacheilium fragrans is the most abundant orchid species in Central Amazon, where its plants sometimes cover completely the branches of the Macucu tree (Aldina heterophylla Benth.). In the Amazon, the occurrence of the species is basically limited to what are called "Campinas" in the Central Amazon. This type of vegetation develops over patches of white sand soil that cover a very small percentage of the Amazon area. Flowers are produced usually 3-5 on inflorescences that are shorter than the leaves. Individual flowers are about 1 1/2" across, and have almost no color variation but in the amount of stripes on the lip (and even this doesn't vary much). Flowers are also about exactly the same throughout the distribution range. As the name implies, the flowers are extremely fragrant, and plants can be located by smell a long distance before they can be actually seen.

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