Promenaea xanthina Lindley 1843 Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista

Another Color Form Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by OrchidMania

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Common Name The Yellow Promenaea

Flower Size about 2" [5 cm]

A small sized, cold to warm growing, epiphytic plant from southern Brazil at elevations up to 1700 meters in sheltered montane forests that has oval, compressed, 4-cornered, 1" [2.5 cm] pseudobulbs with 2 apical, oblanceolate, 3" [7.5 cm] leaves. They have a basal, lateral to pendant, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, inflorescence that bears 1-2 long lasting, fragrant, waxy flowers held close to the leaf base, occuring in the spring and summer. They can be raised in a basket with a fast draining medium and should have ample water while in growth, after maturation they should be given a short 3 week rest and then less water until after the new growths are 1/2" long.

Synonyms Eulophia crinita (P.N.Don) G.Don 1850; Eulophia stenochila Steud. 1840; Maxillaria citrina Don 1845; Maxillaria guttata hort 1852; Maxillaria lawrencei Kraenzl. 1895; Maxillaria xanthina Lindley 1839; Promenaea citrina Don 1845; Promenaea xanthina var major Cogn. 1902; Zygopetalum citrinum [D.Don] Nicholson 1887; Zygopetalum xanthinum [Lindley]Rchb.f 1864

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing good; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as P xanthina var majorAOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968 as P citrina; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as P xanthina var alba drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 11 1987 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 4 2007 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #4 2014 photo fide;

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