Schomburgkia splendida Schltr. 1913 Photo by Orquideas del Valle Website


Common Name The Splendid Schomburgkia

Flower Size 2 1/2" to 4" [to 10 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in dry montane forests as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte found in full sun in low forests along riverways on trees and rocks around elevations of 600 to 1500 meters with fusiform, slightly flattened, sulcate pseudobulbs with 2 to 3 nodes carrying 2, apical, thick, coriaceous, ellptic-oblong, rounded leaves and blooms in the summer through winter on a terminal, racemose, to 40" [55 cm] long, densely few to many [8 to 10] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with long-lasting, large, pink floral bracts.

Synonyms Laelia splendida (Schltr.) L.O. Williams 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:78 Schlechter 1924; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 6 1959 as Laelia splendida; AoS Bulletin Vol 32 No 1 1963; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 487 Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1159 Dodson 1984; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 photo

Schomburgkia splendida Schltr. 1913 Frma xanthina

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

A yellow and white form of the previous species.

Schomburgkia splendida Schltr. 1913 var caucana??? Photo courtesy of Jean Finalle

I am not sure of this determination so please use with caution!!!!