Cochleanthes aromatica [Rchb.f] Schultes & Garay 1954 Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name or Meaning The Aromatic Cochleanthes

Flower Size 3 1/2" to 5" [8.75 to 12.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama as a small to just medium sized, cool growing epiphyte occurring at 1000 to 2000 meters without pseudobulbs, yet having plicate, linear-ligulate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute to shortly acuminate leaves held in a fan-shape that blooms mostly in August till October on an erect to arcuate, axillary, 3 to 4" [7.5 to 20 cm] long, erect peduncle with a solitary, large, heavy textured, long-lived, fragrant flower held amid or below the leaves.

Synonyms Bollea wendlandi Rchb. f. 1888; Bollea wendlandiana Rchb.f; Chondrorhyncha aromatica [Rchb.f] P.H.Allen 1949; Huntleya aromatica Batem 1837; Warczewiczella aromatica [Rchb.f]Rchb.f 1863; Warczewiczella wendlandii [Rchb.f]Schlechter 1918; Zygopetalum aromaticum Rchb. f. 1852; Zygopetalum wendlandi Rchb. f. 1866

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Bot. Zeitung (Berlin) 10: 668. 1852 as Zygopetalum aromaticum; *Bot. Mus. Leafl. 28: 323. 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing fide; Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer. 74-75. 1866 as Zygopetalum wendlandii; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Warcewizciella wendlandii drawing fide; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 53. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Warszewiczella wendlandi; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Chondrorhyncha aromatica; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Chondrorhyncha aromatica photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 27 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 drawing/photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 drawing good/photo fide; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Tropical America an introduction and guide Meisel 2014 photo fide;

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