Galeandra dives Rchb. f. 1854 SECTION Galeandra

Side View of Flower

Column and basal lip structure

Photos by © Jay Pfahl


Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name The Rich-Blooming Galeandra

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with tall, thin, erect, cylindrical pseudobulbs subtended by imbricating, persistent, leaf-bearing sheaths carrying deciduous, lanceolate, acute, thin leaves that are conduplicate below into the leaf sheath and blooms in the late winter and spring on a terminal, short to 2" [5 cm], arcuate, racemose inflorescence arising from a newly maturing pseudobulb that carries a few to several flowers in a cluster held among the leaves.

Galeandra flaveola is cited as a synonym of this species but I will keep them separate at this time.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #5 1975 photo = G lacustris; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #5 1975 as G lacustris photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good; The Orchids of Venezuela, An illustrated field guide Vol 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 drawing not = G badia; AOS Bulletin Vol 2 1983 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 photo good; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 3 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 10 2008 photo fide; Orquideología Vol 26 #2 2009 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #1 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #10 2018 photo fide;