Chondroscaphe chestertonii (Rchb. f.) Senghas & G. Gerlach 1993

Photo By Patricia Harding

Common Name Chesterton's Chondrorhyncha [English Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 4" [8 cm]

Found Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in extremely wet montane forests at elevations around 1400 to 1500 meters and is a cool growing epiphytic orchid with no pseudobulbs and a fan-shaped group of basally overlapping, strap shaped leaves that are keeled below that blooms in the winter in situ on a shorter 3" [7.5 cm] horizontal to somewhat pendant stalk arising from the leaf axils or the base of the leaf fan with a solitary, waxy to fleshy flower that is highly scented and held below the leaves and is best grown in a basket to accommodate the pendant inflorescence.

Synonyms *Chondrorhyncha chestertonii Rchb.f 1879

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Chondrorhyncha chestertoni; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Chondrorhyncha chestertoni drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1967 as Chondrorhyncha chestertoni; Orchid Digest Vol 34 #9 1970 as Chodrorhyncha chestertoni photo fide; Miniature Orchids Northen 1983; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 as Chondrorhyncha chestertonii photo fide; Die Orchideenfloren der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten Vol II Colombia Schlechter 1920; Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993 photo good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 021 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 3 2008 drawing; Huntleyas and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;