Gongora armeniaca (Lindl. & Paxton) Rchb. f. 1854 SECTION Armeniaca

Photo by Eric Hunt

Just opening Inflorescence

Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.


Common Name The Yellow-Orange Gongora

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua in wet montane forests at elevations of 700 to 1350 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, ovoid, ribbed pseudobulbs carrying a pair of plicate, elliptic, acute, conduplicate below into the elongate petiole leaves and blooms on a pendulous, to 8" [to 20 cm] long, few to many flowered inflorescence with rather waxy, apricot scented flowers occurring in the summer and fall.

Synonyms *Acropera armeniaca Lindl. & Paxton 1850-1; Acropera cornuta Klotzsch 1852; Gongora armeriaca subsp. cornuta (Klotzsch) Whitten 1991; Gongora cornuta (Klotzsch) Fowlie & Jenny 1985

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; Paxt. Fl. Gard. 1: 94. 1850 as Acropera armeniaca; *Xenia Orchid.1: 52. 1854; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 49. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 227. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 5 1962 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 2/3 1977/8 drawing; Orquideologia Vol 14 #3 1981 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1020 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 5 1985 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 5 1985 as G cornuta drawing/photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 2 Hammell, Grayum, Herrera adn Zamora 2003 drawing good; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orchid Digest vol 71 #3 2007 as Acropera armeniaca photo fide; Of Men and Orchids Part 1 2015 drawing fide; ; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Acropera armeniaca