Pescatoria dayana Rchb. f. 1872 Photo courtesy of Ed Merkle

var. candidula - White Color Form Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name Days Pescatoria [19th century English Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size less than 3" [less than 7.5 cm]

Found in Panama [var. rhodacra, first photo grows warmer, elevations of 300 to 800 meters], Colombia [var. candidula, second photo grows cooler at elevations of 1300 to 1500 meters] , and Ecuador [grows cooler at elevations of 1500 meters] as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte of wet forests found low on the trunks of mossy trees with suberect, oblong-oblanceolate, acuminate, petiolate, plicate leaves that blooms in the winter on an axillary, short to 4 2/5" [to 11 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with 2 short sheaths and a lanceolate, acute floral bract carrying a very fragrant, longlasting, waxy flower set low within the leaves.

Synonyms Zygopetalum dayanum Rchb.f 1872

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 27 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 photo not = P wallisii; Huntleya and Related orchids Harding 2008 photo fide

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