Gongora garayana R.Rice 2000 SECTION Eugongora SUBSECTION Portentosa

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Common Name Garay's Gongora [Orchid Taxomonist Present]

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.25 cm]

Found in Antioquia, Colombia as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte occuring at elevations of 1000 to 1200 meters with clustered, ovoid, six sided, olive green pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, apical, subsessile to shortly petiolate broadly lanceolate to elliptic, plicate, prominently 7 to 11 veined, acute, slightly undulate leaves that blooms in the late spring on a basal, pendulous, terete, apple green, 24 to 28" [60 to 70 cm] long, to 35 flowered inflorescence with twisted pedicels and ovaries making the fragrant flowers face outwards. These flowers are huge and heavy, at least twice as heavy as any other Gongora.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Oasis Vol 1 No 4 2000; Orchids Australia Vol 13 No 2 2001 photo;