Ada mendozae Dodson 1993

Drawing by © Dodson and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Mendoza's Ada [Ecuadorian Collector of species]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador at elevations around 2250 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with ovate, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped completely by 3 to 5 foliaceous sheaths carrying carrying obovate, obtuse, narrowing below intot he subpetiolate, conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the summer on an axillary, stiffly erect, to [18 cm] long, with 1 to 3 loose, basal sheaths, 7 to 9 flowered inflorescence and carrying fragrant flowers that smell of vanilla.

Separated from others by the compact inflorescence, the floral bracts much exceeding the ovary, the green tepals marked with red brown, the glistening whiter lip that is basally orange and the green column. The flowers are strongly scented of vanilla.

Synonyms Brassia mendozae (Dodson) Senghas 1997; Brassiopsis mendozae (Dodson) Szlach. & Górniak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquidelogia 19 [1] 78 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as Brassia mendozae; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroideae Jimenez & Jimenez 2014 photo fide