Floral Weekends – Peristeria elata

Hey everyone! Welcome to floral weekends. For those who don’t know, this is a segment started by me where I write about some beautiful and strange flowers from all around the world. If you also wanna be a part of this, pingback to my blog and use the tag #floralweekends. This way we can enjoy a number of beautiful flowers.


Peristeria elata


Kingdom: Plantae
Division Angiosperms
Class Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
Subtribe: Coeliopsidinae
Genus: Peristeria
Species: P. elata

Peristeria elata is a flowering species occuring from Central America to Ecuador, its commonly referred to as Holy Ghost orchiddove orchid or flower of the Holy Spirit in English, and, as the flor del Espiritu Santo in Spanish. The word Peristeria means Dove in latin, because of a dove shape resemblance in the centre of the flower.


This flower is the national flower of Panama and is found as a large sized, warm to hot growing terrestrial or lithophytic orchid from Costa Rica Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Venzuela. It is extremely over-collected in its native habitat. This over collection has led to its status as a species threatened with extinction delineated in Appendix I of CITES.

Not much is known about this species, the flower is intense white marble colored with purple spots, and the anther and pistil are yellow. The central portion of the flower resembles a dove and hence the name. It signifies peace and harmony. Oh and interestingly it smells like beer.

It blooms July to August, i.e it might be blooming right now, and has a rigidly long basal infloresence with 15-20 flowers blooming in one, however, only 4-6 open at a time. Like many other orchids, the Dove Orchid is used in Chinese medicine and is most commonly used for cosmetic uses–to sooth and clear spotty skin.

Well thats all for today’s Floral Weekend. Hope you enjoyed today’s flower. Don’t go anywhere because a new flower awaits your presence next sunday.

If you have any comments or thoughts feel free to comment or contact via email.




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