Gongora galeata [Lindley]Rchb.f. 1854 SECTION Acropera

Flower Closeup

Flower closeup, another view

Photos by © Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Helmut Gongora

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This is a medium sized, Mexican epiphytic, rarely lithophytic or terrestrial species found in mountain rain and cloud forests with liquambar at altitudes of 600 to 1800 meters that grows warm to cool growing epiphyte with ovoid-pyriform, longitudinally sulcate pseudobulbs with 2 apical, plicate, petiolate, elliptic, acuminate, leaves that blooms in the summer and fall with basal, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, pendant, many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on mature pseudobulbs and having a short to long-lived, fragrant orange scented flower. It is an evergreen species and requires a semi dry rest in the winter and is suited for wire basket culture with sphagnum and woodchips.

Synonyms Acropera atropurpurea hort ex Heynh. 1841; Acropera citrina Rchb.f. 1854; Acropera flavida Klotzsch 1851; Acropera flavirostris Hoffmanns. 1844; Acropera fuscata Heynh. 1846; Acropera galeata (Lindl. ex Bosse) Archila, Szlach. & Chiron 2016; Acropera loddigesii Lindley 1833; Acropera luteola Heynh. 1846; Acropera luteola Drapiez 1840; Acropera pallida Heynh. 1846; Acropera purpurea Heynh. 1846; Acropera sulphurea Heynh. 1846; Gongora fuscata (Heynh.) Gentil 1907; Gongora galeata var. loddigesii (Lindl.) Autran & T.Durand 1896; Gongora galeata f. luteola (Drapiez) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; *Maxillaria galeata Lindley 1842

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1927; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 5 1962 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Orquideologia Vol 14 #3 1981; Orchid Digest VOl 49 No 3 1985 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 5 1985 photo fide; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 44 Hagsater and Salazar 1990 drawing fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 #11 1996 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 drawing/photo fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photos fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 3 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #7 2012 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Acropera galetea


Gongora galeata [Lindley]Rchb.f. var alba 1854 Photos by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

An alba form of the previous species.