!Cottonia peduncularis (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1857

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Side View of Flower

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FragrancePart sun HotWarm Summer and EARLY Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Pedunculate Cottonia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in India and Sri Lanka in tropical dry mixed evergreen forests and in tropical savannahs by strems or on rocks at elevations of sealevel to 600 meters as a large to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte with elongate stems carrying many, rather leathery, linear, obtuse, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, to 5' [to 150 cm] long, usually sparsely branched, densely racemose towards the apex inflorescence with successive, foul smelling, long-lived flowers

Synonyms Cottonia macrostachya Wight 1851; Vanda bicaudata Thwaites 1864; *Vanda peduncularis Lindl 1833

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Cottonia macrostachya; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C macrostachya; Indian Orchids, A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 21 1165 - 1328 Brieger 1988 drawaing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 # 8 1994 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 drawing/photo fide; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018 photo fide; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018 Photo fide;