Klotzsch in Otto & Dietr., Allg. Gartenzeitung19:281.1851
N. panamensis Ames
Epiphyte; pseudobulbs ca 2 cm long and 1 cm wide,partially enveloped in papery imbricating bracts, the bracts soonweathering away. Petioles conduplicate, very short; blades solitaryat apex of pseudobulb, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse andunequally bilobed at apex, to 15 cm long and 3.5 cm wide,coriaceous. Racemes pendulous, from base of currentpseudobulb, densely flowered, to 20 cm long; flowers white;pedicels slender, subtended by scarious, narrowly triangular,acuminate bracts; sepals subequal, the dorsal sepal broadlyelliptic-oblanceolate, obtuse, concave, ca 7 mm long, 5 mm wide,the lateral sepals fused, the united segments linear-lanceolate, to8 mm long, 2 mm wide; petals elliptic-lanceolate,acute, equaling sepals; lip ca 6 mm long, clawed, obliquelyinserted at base of column, the blade sagittate, ca 3 mm wide, witha short-keeled callus; column slender, terete, ca 3 mm long. Fruitsnot seen. Dressler 2908 (US).
Apparently rare. The Dressler collection wasflowering in June.
The species is pollinated by the bee Euglossahemichlora (Dressler,1968a).
Panama and Colombia. In Panama, known from tropical moistforest in the Canal Zone, Colón (Achiote), and Darien.