Peristeria pendula Hooker 1836

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Danny Lentz , plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Pendant Blooming Peristeria

Flower Size to 2" [to 5 cm]

This large sized, warm growing, epiphytic species is found from Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, northern Brazil, Ecuador and Peru in wet forests at elevations of 500 to 1100 meters with prominent, approximate, ovoid conical to oblong-subconical, deeply sulcate pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 4 apical, plicate, lanceolate-elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, acute or acuminate leaves with a slender, sulcate petiole and blooms in the winter till spring on a 6" [15 cm] long, pendulous, racemose, several [4 to 7] flowered inflorescence arising on a newly developing pseudobulb after the leaves have dropped carrying strongly scented, fleshy flowers.

Synonyms Peristeria lentiginosa Lodd. 1840; Peristeria maculata hort. 1843

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8 drawing; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000 drawing good/photo not; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo hmm; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo ok

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