Coryanthes macrantha [Hooker]Hooker 1831 SUBGENUS Lamellunguis SECTION Lamellunguis SUBSECTION Lamellunguis

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Another Flower

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Brazilian Part of Larger Coryanthes macrantha complex by Gerlach pers. comm. Eric Christenson

Photo by Marcos Campacci


Common Name The Bucket Orchid or Monkey Throat Orchid in Trinidad

Flower Size 5" [13 cm]

Found in Trinidad, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Brazil in wet lowland rain forests, is a large sized, hot growing epiphyte with narrowly ovoid, sulcate, bifoliate pseudobulbs with lanceolate, plicate, ribbed leaves with a channeled petiole which blooms on a basal, pendant, 12" [30 cm] long, bracteate, 1 to 2 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb that carries a large, waxy, short lived, fragrant flower smelling strongly of mint held well below the plant and occuring in summer.

This plant is often found associated with ants but it is not the rule.

Synonyms *Gongora macrantha Hooker 1831; Panstrepis paradoxa Raf. 1836

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