Coryanthes hunteriana Schltr. 1922 SECTION Coryanthes

Yellow Color Form Photos by Franco Pupulin


Common Name Hunter's Coryanthes

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in very wet forests at elevations of sea level to 600 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with cylindrical-conic, 6 ribbed pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, plicate, erect-patent to suberect, elliptic-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the elongate petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a pendant, to 12 to 30" [30 to 75 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with several sheaths and with oblong, obtuse floral bracts and carrying large, fragrant flowers.

This species is often found in conjunction with ants and may benefit from their presence.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 63. Panama Schlechter 1922; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 5 1972 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 3/4 1977/8; Orquideologia Vol 14 No 1 1979 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 1 1978 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera, and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photos fide