Gongora bufonia Lindl. 1841 SECTION Gongora Photo by Kathy Barrett

Fragrant Part shadeWarmhot LATEWinterSpring

Common Name The Bufo-Like [Toad] Gongora

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Occurs in Colombia and eastern and southeastern Brazil as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte. Found with ovoid, laterally compressed, becoming sulcate pseudobulbs enveloped in youth by membraneous, acuminate sheaths and carrying 2, apical, ligulate-acuminate, plicate, 5 nerved, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on a pendant, racemose, 16 to 32" [40 to 80 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

Often cited as a synonym of Gongora quinquenervis but most likely is a separate species.

Synonyms Gongora irrorata Hoffmanns. 1842; Gongora maculata var. bufonia (Lindl.) C.Schweinf. 1944

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1927; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing good; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 3 2006 photo;