Mormodes igneum Lindl. & Paxton 1852-3 SECTION Mormodes Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Another View

View of Lip from anterior

Closeup of Lip Structure and Column Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Plant and Flower in situ Panama Photo by Wilfried Löderbusch


Common Name The Fire-Red Mormodes

Flower Size to more than 2" [to more than 5 cm]

Found as a large sized, warm growing epiphyte in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia on dead and decaying trees in full sun at elevations around 900 meters with cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying lanceolate, acuminate, prominently veined leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, to more than 2' [60 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers all arising after the deciduous leaves have fallen in the autumn.

The first photo makes sense for the name and matches Constantin, all the other photos are of plants that were bought with this name but appear to be other species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 54. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 8 1961 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 3 1963 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 no 4 1963 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 7 1963 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 7 1964 ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992;