Gongora gratulabunda Rchb. f. 1857 SECTION Eugongora SUBSECTION Gratulabunda Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

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Common NameThe Enjoyable Gongora

Flower Size 1.5" [3.75 cm]

A medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte from the Pacific coast of Colombia at elevations around 850 to 1600 meters in wet premontane forests with conical to ovoid, only slightly ribbed, ribs rounded and not angular pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, erect, plicate, lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a basal, pendant, to 20" [50 cm] long, 10 to 12 flowered inflorescence.

This species and G similis are very similar but differ in G similis dorsal 2 pointed anterior of the lip, which is on the left and G gratulabunda rounded dorsal anterior lip structure on the right

Synonyms Gongora hennisiana Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1870 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8 drawing Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 11 1996 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 photo fide; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing/photo fide

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