Gongora unicolor Schlechter 1923 SECTION Eugongora SUBSECTION Gongora

Lip Detail

Another Color Photos courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The One-Colored Gongora

Flower Size almost 2" [5cm]

This epiphytic herb has pleasingly scented flowers which occur in the spring on a basal, pendulous, to 2 1/2' [74 cm] long, several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence that arise from the base of the mature psuedobulbs and the flowers open simultaneously and last at least a week. They bloom in the summer and are hot to warm growing plants found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras occuring in rain forest and mountain rainforest at altitudes of 150 to 950 meters with elliptic, longitudinally sulcate pseudobulbs subtended by a few, scarious, sheaths and carrying 2, apical, erect, plicate, broadly oblanceolate leaves with a conduplicate, elongate petiole.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 299. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 749 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 5 1991; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo good; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide