Gongora galeottiana A.Rich. 1845 SECTION Gongora

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Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Common Name Galeotti's Gongora [Belgian Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1" x 1/1/2" [2.5 x 3.75 cm]

Found only on the Pacific coast of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero, Oaxaca states of Mexico in humid oak forests or montane deciduous forests at elevations of 1200 to 1700 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with ovoid, compressed, rugose pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few scarious sheaths and carrying 2, apical, plicate, gradually acuminate apically, long-attenuate towards the base, elliptic leaves that blooms in the summer on a basal, arching then pendant 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, 10 to 25 flowered inflorescence .

Often cited as a synonum of Gongora quinquenervis, I feel there are substantial differences to keep them separate. If they are separate this name G stenoglossa is often cited as a synonym of G galeottiana, but I will put both their synonyms here at this time.

Synonyms Gongora fulva var. vitellina Lindl. 1841; Gongora galeottiana A.Rich. 1845; Gongora luteola Stein 1892; Gongora stenoglossa Rchb. f. 1854; Gongora vitellina Rchb.f. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8 drawing Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 11 1996 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo as Gongora vitellina; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide<