Gongora grossa Rchb.f. 1877 SECTION Grossa

Lip From Below

View From Below

Another Color Flower Photos by Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The Robust Gongora

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, southern Colombia and western Ecuador in tropical moist rainforests at elevations of 50 to 1300 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with swollen, longitudinally ribbed pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, broad, thin, plicate leaves that gradually narrow to a conduplicate petiole below that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a basal, pendant, 12" [30 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and carrying fishy, musty and sweaty gym clothes scented flwoers.

This species has the longest horns of the genus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 4 1963 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 108 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 14 #3 1981 photo fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 11 1996 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo not; Orchids Australia Vol 13 No 2 2001 photo; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 drawing/photo good; Guia Ilustrada Para la Clasificacion del Genero Gongora Toulemonde 2001 as G nigropunctata photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez as G sp pg152 bottom center photo fide; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Ortiz & Uribe 2017 photos fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016;