Houlletia tigrina Linden ex Lindl. & Paxton 1853

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

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Another FlowerPhotos courtesy of Patricia Harding

FragranceFull shadeWarmTo CoolSpringFall

Common Name The Tiger-Striped Houlettia

Flower Size 2 1/2" [3.5 cm]

Found as a medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with ovoid-pyriform, lightly rugose pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few scarious, triangular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, plicate, elliptical, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, channeled petiolate base leaf and blooms on a basal, pendant, about 4" [10 cm] long and shorter than the leaves, one to few flowered, brown or reddish, sheathed inflorescence with waxy, fragrant flowers occurring in the spring and fall and arising on a mature pseudobulb and all found at elevations of 800 to 2200 meters in rain and cloud forest from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador.

Synonyms Houlletia landsbergii Linden & Rchb. f. 1855; Houlletia lansbergii Rchb. f. 1855; Paphinia tigrina (Linden ex Lindl.) B.S.Williams 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Paxton's Fl. Gard. 3: 171 1853; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915as H lansbergii; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 226. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as H lansbergii; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 8 1960 as Houlettia landsbergii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as H lansbergii; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 3 1966 drawing; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 1 1973 as H lansbergiiphoto fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 1 1974 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 1 1974 as H lansbergiiphoto fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8 drawing; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 6 1982 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 779 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 12 1995; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Manual de Plants de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drwaing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photos fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo; Orquideologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo;