Schomburgkia wallisii Rchb. f. 1877SUBGENUS Schomburgkia Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Angle Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Part sunWarm to Cool LATE Spring

Common Name Wallis' Schomburgkia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with fusiform, rugose with age pseudobulbs carrying 2, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic, heavily creased leaves and blooms on a terminal, racemose, 16" [40 cm] long, several to many [6 to 12] flowered inflorescence arising in the spring on a mature inflorescence.

There is quite a bit of color variation in the species and they can be much browner in color than the photographed flower.

This species is closely related to S lueddemanniana and the main difference is that S wallisi is from South America and S lueddemaniana is from Central America but I have seen both species and have noticed that S wallisi has a small yellow spot with a yellow hook at the apex of the lip and S lueddemaniana is has a larger, yellow, apical spot and no apical hook.

Synonyms Laelia colombiana Shaw 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 1992 photo ok; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008