Promenaea xanthina Lindley 1843 Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista

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


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; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 11 1987 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo; 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; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;