Gongora superflua Rchb.f 1873 SECTION Gongora

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

Common Name The Rich-Flowered Gongora

Flower Size 2 3/5 [6.5 cm]

A western Ecuadorian species that is found in tropical wet and montane forests at elevations of 300 to 500 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with swollen, longitudinally ribbed pseudobulbs subtended by a few, scarious sheaths and carrying 2 apical, broad, thin, plicate, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and fall on a basal, pendulous, several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb with fragrant flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1873 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 109 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; 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;