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

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

Part sunto

Common NameThe Enjoyable Gongora

Flower Size 1.5" [3.75 cm]

A medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte from both sides of the western Cordillera 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 but current thought makes them synonmonous with G gratulabunda taking precedence.

G flaveola is a yellow color variety of this species

Synonyms Gongora flaveola Rchb. f. 1886; Gongora hennisiana Schltr. 1915; Gongora similis Rchb.f. 1881

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 Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 as G similis; Oasis Vol 1 No 1 2000 photo as G flaveola; Oasis Vol 1 No 1 2000 as G similis photo; Orchids Australia Vol 13 No 2 2001 photo as G flaveola; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 drawing/photo fide; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 as G flaveola drawing/photo; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 as G similis 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; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Ortiz & Uribe 2017 as G flaveola photo fide; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo/drawing fide; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Ortiz & Uribe 2017 as G similis photo fide;

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