Gongora batemanii Henshall 1845 SUBGENUS Acropera SECTION Cassidea

Photo by T. Kusibab

Another flower, not G cassidea or G galeata, another species?

Inflorescence not G cassidea or G galeata, another species?

Plant and Inflorescence not G cassidea or G galeata, another species?

Photos by Milan Vagner

Common Name Bateman's Gongora [English Botanist in Mexico and Guatemala 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica on trees in humid forests at altitudes up to 1800 meters as a medium sized, cool to warm growing, epiphytic species with ovoid-conical, slightly compressed, longitudinally ribbed, light green pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, plicate, lanceolate to elliptic lanceolate, petiolate, acuminate leaves and blooms in the fall with waxy, fragrant flowers on a basal, to 12" [30 cm] long, pendant, loosely few flowered inflorescence.

The first photo by Kusibab corresponds exactly to Reichenbach's drawing in Xenia 1896, the other three are of an unknown similar species.

Synonyms Acropera batemanni Lindley 1874; Acropera cassidea (Rchb.f.) Archila, Szlach. & Chiron 2016; Gongora cassidea Rchb. f. 1864;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1896 as G cassidea drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as G cassidea; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as G cassidea drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 # 2 1980 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 14 #3 1981; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 811 Dodson 1983 as G cassidea drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 5 1985 as G cassidea photo/drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as G cassidea drawing fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 as G caddidea photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 as G cassidea photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 2 Hammell, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 as G cassidea photos good; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 as G cassidea photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide