Gongora scaphephorus Rchb.f & Warsc. 1854 SECTION Eugongora SUBSECTION Scaphephora

Frontal View

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Another Flower Color Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name The Boat-Shaped Gongora

Flower Size 2 1/4" [5.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, this robust, medium sized, caespitose, epiphytic, warm to cool growing species occurs in wet montane forests at altitudes of 550 to 1200 meters with ovoid-pyriform, longitudinally sulcate, obtuse angled pseudobulbs subtended by a few scarious, sheaths and carrying 2 apical, plicate, broadly oblanceolate, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, acuminate, plicate, leathery, stiff leaves that are conduplicate below into a channeled petiole which blooms in the fall on a basal, 16" [40 cm] long, pendulous, many [35 to 45] flowered infloresence arising on a mature pseudobulb as a new one appears with fragrant, long-lasting flowers.

Synonyms Gongora charlesworthii Rolfe 1893; Gongora incarum Kraenzl. 1906;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 2 1962 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 436 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 4 1985 drawingphoto fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0342 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 5 1991; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 067 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Orchids Australia Vol 13 No 2 2001 photo; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/scaphephorus fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide