Pescatoria coelestis (Rchb.f.) Dressler 2005 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website


Common Name The Sky-Blue Pescatoria

Flower Size 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador as a tufted, small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte without psuedobulbs, occuring in extremely wet forests with a heavy night fog, that requires humid, shady well watered conditions, found at around 900 to 1900 meters, with 6 to 10, oblong-lanceolate, acuminate leaves arranged in a fan shape that blooms in the spring and summer on a stout, shorter than the leaves, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long, ascending, sheathed stalk with a solitary, fleshy, long-lived, fragrant flower that is best put in a basket so as to display the low held flowers to the best advantage.

Synonyms *Bollea coelestis Rchb.f 1876; Zygopetalum coeleste [Rchb.f]Rchb.f 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Bollea coelestis; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Bollea coelestis drawing fide; Flora Brasilense Hoehne 1953 as Bollea coelestis; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Bollea coelestis photo ok; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Pabst & Dungs 1975 as Bollea coelestis; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 008 Dodson 1980 as Bollea coelestis drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 7 1981 as Bollea coelestis photo; Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982 as Bollea coelestis; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 7 1987 as Bollea coelestis photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 as Bollea coelestis photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 as Bollea coelestis; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993 as Bollea coelestis; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995 as Bollea coelestis; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001 as Bollea coelestis; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 as Bollea coelestis photo; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 as Bollea coelestis; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 12 2005 as Bollea coelestis photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 as Bollea coelestis photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 10 2006 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 2 2007 photo; Huntleya and Related orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo;