Gongora tricolor [Lindley] Rchb.f 1854 SECTION Eugongora SUBSECTION Gongora

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

Common Name The Three Colored Gongora

Flower Size

This Gongora species is found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of sealevel to 100 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, clustered, ovoid, strongly ridged, sulcate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3, fibrous, imbricating sheaths and carrying 2, apical, plicate, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute to acuminate leaves that blooms on a basal, pendent, elongate, pendent, racemose, many inflorescence.

Often cited as a synonym of G fulva which is often cited as a synonym of G quinquenervis. I feel there are sufficient differences to keep them apart.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 63. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as G maculata var tricolor; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 7 1980 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 5 1991 photo; Orchids Australia Vol 13 No 2 2001 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 3 2006 photo;