Gongora leucochila Lem. 1845 SECTION Gongora Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Another Flower?

Inflorescence Photos by Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

FragrancePart shade HotCool Spring

Common Name The White Lipped Gongora

Flower Size [1.75 cm x 4 cm]

Found in southern Mexico to Panama in tropical rainforests at elevations of sealevel to 1600 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with narrowly ovoid, coarsely and deeply ribbed pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, plicate leaves and blooms in the spring on a pendent inflorescence with fragrant flowers.

Often cited as a syn of G quinquenervis, I feel that it sufficiently different to be a separate entity.

Synonyms Gongora bufonia var. leucochila Lindl. 1847; Gongora maculata var. leucochila (Lindl.) C. Schweinf. 1960; Gongora powellii Schltr. 1922; Gongora quinquenervis var. leucochila (Lindl.) C. Schweinf. 1970

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 62. Panama Schlechter 1922 as G powellii; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Scweinfurth 1970 as G quinquevulnervis var leuchochila; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 5 1991 as G powellii; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide to the first photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 as G powelii photo fide; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 drawing/photo fide to the first photo; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 587 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 2 Hammell, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendroideae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo good; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Ortiz & Uribe 2017

Gongora leucochila Lem. 1845 var alba

Frontal View of FLower Photos courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

A white color form of the previous species.

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