Gongora pleiochroma Rchb. f. 1860 SECTION Eugongora SUBSECTION Gongora Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Dale Borders

FragrancePart shadeHotWinter To Summer

Common Name The Rich-Colored Gongora

Flower Size 2.5" [6 cm]

Found as a medium sized, caespitose, hot to cool growing epiphyte in Panama, Venezuela, French Guiana, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru in tropical and montane wet forests at elevations of 400 to 1800 meters with narrowly obtuse angled, ovoid-pyriform, sulcate pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, broadly elliptic-lanceolate, acute, plicate, 5 veined, conduplicate below into the channeled petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter through summer on a pendant, 2' [60 cm] long, loosely several to densly [12 to 25] many flowered, racemose inflorescence with fragrant, color variable, simultaneously opening flowers that arise on a mature pseudobulb.

Synonyms Gongora aromatica sensu Dodson & Bennett 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 063 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 photo/drawings fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 3 2006 photo; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo not = G quinquenervis?; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;