Gongora unicolor Schlechter 1923 SECTION Gongora

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Photos by Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The One-Colored Gongora

Flower Size almost 2" [5cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras occuring in rain forest and mountain rainforest at altitudes of 150 to 950 meters as an epiphytic herb has pleasingly chocolate scented flowers which occur in the spring on a basal, pendulous, to 2 1/2' [74 cm] long, several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence that arise from the base of the mature psuedobulbs and the flowers open simultaneously and last at least a week. They bloom in the summer and are hot to warm growing plants with elliptic, longitudinally sulcate pseudobulbs subtended by a few, scarious, sheaths and carrying 2, apical, erect, plicate, broadly oblanceolate leaves with a conduplicate, elongate petiole.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 299. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 14 #3 1981; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 749 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 5 1991; 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; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 2 Hammell, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo good; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendroideae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 pollinia only photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #7 2012 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018