Coryanthes picturata Rchb.f. 1864 SUBGENUS Coryanthes

Photos by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower

Flower closeup

Photos by Weyman Bussey

Fragrance Deep shade Hot Warm Spring Summer

Common Name The Striking Coryanthes

Flower Size

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 100 to 600 meters as a medium szied, hot to warm growing epiphyte with oblong, attenuate above, deeply sulcate pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, plicate, linear, acute leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a pendent, to 36" [80 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

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

Most likely is a synonym of C speciosa but I have left it separate pending more investigation.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Botanische Zeitung. Berlin 12: 332. 1862; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942; Orquideologia Vol 12 3/4 1977/8; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera, and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto,Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 photos fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Richardiana Vol 5 Chiron & Marcal 2021 Une Orginisation infragenerique de Coryanthes [Orchidaceae]