Gongora boracayanensis Jenny, Dalström & W.E.Higgins 2007 publ. 2008 SECTION Gongora

Another Flower

Photos by © Rudolf Jenny

Full shade Warm LATER Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Boracayan Gongora [A refuge in Costa Rica]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] wide

Found in Costa Rica in wet montane forests at elevations around 600 to 1000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with a short creeping rhizome giving rise to conical, deeply and angularly ridged, star-shaped in cross-section pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, plicate, broadly lanceolate to ovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the short, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later spring through early summer on a basal, pendent, 12 to 28" [30 to 70 cm] long, 10 to 15 flowered inflorescence with triangular, apiculate, adpressed bracts.

For years this species was erroneously refered to as a variety of G quinquenervis but it is a separate species.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Selbyana 28(2): 99–102, f. 1A–F, 2–5 Jenny 2007 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 POLLINIA ONLY photo fide;