Centroglossa aurantiaca Chiron & N.Sanson 2011


TYPE Drawing Photos/drawing by Chiron & Sanson and

Part shade Warm

Common Name The Orange Centroglossa

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Espirito Santo state of Brazil in dense Atlantic forests near streams and rivers at elevations around 700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with very small, ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped completely by 4 to 6, leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, fleshy, lanceolate, acute leaf that blooms on an axillary, more or less as long as the leaves, one per growth, peduncle .32 to .4" [.8 to 1 cm], racemose .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long overall, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with short, triangular, acute floral bracts carrying resupinate, glabrous flowers.

CAUTION Many references put this species and C nunes-limae as synonyms with the later species taking precedence but as you can see that the lips of the 2 species have big differences so I have left them separate for now.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Richardiana XI(3):130 Chiron & Sanson 2011 drawing/photo fide; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castello Espirito Santo Brasil Chiron & Bolsanello Vol 4 2014 drawing/photo fide