Coryanthes elegantium Linden & Rchb. f. 1868 SECTION Coryanthes Photos by Nicholas Plummer

Bucket with Dripping Sinus View

Rear View of Column and Exit of Bucket

Super Flower Closeup! Photos by Danny Lentz plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

Common Name The Elegant Coryanthes

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil on the Rio Negro in wet montane forests at elevations of 200 to 700 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing, ant supporting epiphyte with elongate, ovate, grooved pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, plicate, elliptic-lanceolate, thin, acuminate, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms at any time of the year on a pendant, basal, 10" [25 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with very fragrant, short-lived flowers.

This is the only Coryanthes found west of the Andes in Ecuador.

Synonyms Coryanthes elegantissima Mast. 1882; Coryanthes macrantha Mast. 1882; Coryanthes wolfii F. Lehm. 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 as C wolfii; Orchidaceae Braziliense Band II Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 3/4 1977/8; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 1 1978 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 028 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 18 #1 1991 Photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson/Escobar 1993 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994; Native Colombian Orhcids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Species of Peru Zelelnko & Bermudez 2009 as C sp photo fide