Gongora aromatica Rchb. f. 1854 SECTION Gongora

Photo by CSSK and the CSSK Flickr Photo Website

FragrancePart shade WarmTo Hot Winter Spring

Common Name The Aromatic Gongora

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Guatemala and Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 450 to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with ovoid, dark green, ridged, pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, erect, plicate, broadly elliptical, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in winter and spring on a pendant, 14" [35 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant, nasturnium scented flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1870 drawing; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 61. Panama Schlechter 1922; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0074 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 401 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo not = G aff rufescens; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo not; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018