Pescatoria dayana Rchb. f. 1872

Photo by Ed Merkle

var. candidula - White Color Form

Photo by Lourens Grobler


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; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993 photo not = P wallisii; Huntleya and Related orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #11 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide;