!Galeottia grandiflora A. Rich 1845 Photo By © Lourens Grobler.

Plant and Flowers Photo Courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Flower Closeup Photo Courtesy of Wilford Neptune.

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Common Name The Large-Flowered Galeottia

Flower Size to about 3.6" [9 cm]

This is a medium sized, hot to cool growing, humidity loving, epiphytic species from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Colombia found on trees in open, lowland rain forests at 100 to 1100 meters in elevation, with pyriform to ovoid pseudobulbs subtended in youth by a few scarious sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, plicate, ovate-lanceolate, conduplicate at the base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a basal, 2 to several flowered, to 8" [20 cm] long, lateral inflorescence arising on a newly maturing pseudobulb that has ovate lanceolate bracts and carrying fragrant, fleshy flowers.

Synonyms Batemannia grandiflora [A.Rich]Rchb.f 1856; Mendoncella grandiflora Hawkes 1964; Zygopetalum grandiflorum [A.Rich]Benth & Hkr f. 1883

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Ann. Sci. Nat. Bot. sér. 3, 3:25. 1845; Bonplandia 4: 323. Rchb.f 1856 as Batemania grandiflora; Biol. Centr. Amer. Bot. 3: 251. 1883 as Zygopetalum grandiflorum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Zygopetalum grandiflorum drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Mendoncsella grandiflora; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1235 Dodson 1985 as Mendoncella grandiflora drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1534 Atwood 1993 drawing ok ; Die Orchideen lieferung 27 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide

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