Gongora galeata [Lindley]Rchb.f. 1854 SECTION Acropera

Flower Closeup

Flower closeup, another view Photos by © Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Helmut Gongora

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This is a medium sized, Mexican epiphytic, rarely lithophytic or terrestrial species found in mountain rain and cloud forests with liquambar at altitudes of 600 to 1800 meters that grows warm to cool growing epiphyte with ovoid-pyriform, longitudinally sulcate pseudobulbs with 2 apical, plicate, petiolate, elliptic, acuminate, leaves that blooms in the summer and fall with basal, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, pendant, many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on mature pseudobulbs and having a short to long-lived, fragrant flower with a fragrance akin to oranges. It is an evergreen species and requires a semi dry rest in the winter and is suited for wire basket culture with sphagnum and woodchips.

Synonyms Acropera atropurpurea hort ex Heynh. 1841; Acropera citrina Rchb.f. 1854; Acropera flavida Klotzsch 1851; Acropera fuscata Heynh. 1846; Acropera loddigesii Lindley 1833; Acropera luteola Heynh. 1846; Acropera luteola Drapiez 1840; Acropera pallida Heynh. 1846; Acropera purpurea Heynh. 1846; Acropera sulphurea Heynh. 1846; Gongora fuscata (Heynh.) Gentil 1907; *Maxillaria galeata Lindley 1842

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 5 1962 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Orchid Digest VOl 49 No 3 1985 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 5 1985 photo fide; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 44 Hagsater and Salazar 1990 draing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 drawing/photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photos fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 3 2006 photo; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide<


Gongora galeata [Lindley]Rchb.f. var alba 1854 Photos by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

An alba form of the previous species.