Gongora rufescens Jenny 1985 SECTION Eugongora SUBSECTION Gongora

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

Another Color Form

Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name The Light Fox-Red Gongora

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

A medium sized, warm to cool growing, Colombian, Ecuadorian and Peruvian, caespitose epiphyte found at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters in wet montane forests in deep shade that has ovoid-oblong pseudobulbs subtended by a few imbricate, scarious sheaths and carrying 2 apical, attenuate, acuminate, thin, coriaceous, plicate, 3 ribbed, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a basal, 18" long, arching to pendulous, several to many [18 to 30] flowered, racemose inflorescence that has tubular scarious bracts and carryies fragrant, simultaneously opening flowers and arise on a mature pseudobulb.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 065 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 3 2006 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide