Gongora psuedoatropurpurea Jenny 1990 SECTION Grossa

Photo by Rudolf Jenny


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Drawing Drawing by Pastorelli, Bennett & Christenson

Flower Closeup Photo by Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page


Common Name The False G atropurpurea Gongora

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm]

Found in Colombia and Peru in tropical rain forests as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing,caespitose epiphyte with an ovoid, sulcate pseudobulb subtended by 2 loose, scarious sheaths and carrying 2 apical, widely elliptic, acute leaves that are conduplicate at the base forming a short petiole, blooming in the late winter and early spring on a basal, 1' [30 cm] long, pendant, few flowered racemose inflorescence with minute floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers [clove oil] arising on a mature pseudobulb.

CAUTION I am not sure of which determination above is correct as I have not seen the type publication so please use with caution!!!

Kew puts this one as a synonym of G atropurpurea but I see substantial differencces so have left it separate pending more research.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 064 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 11 1996 photo; Orquideologia Vol 22 #2 2002 photo ok