Gongora nigrita Lindl. 1839 SECTION GongoraPhoto by Patricia Harding

FragrantPart shadeWarmTo HotSpring

Common Name The Black-Brown Gongora

Flower Size 1.5" [3.75 cm]

Found in Guyana, French Guiana, Surinam and northern Brazil as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clustered, ovoid, compressed, brilliant green, smooth pseudobulbs enveloped in youth by a few sheaths and carrying 2, apical, plicate, 5 nerved, membraneous, oblong-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, attenuate below into the elongate, channeled, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a pendant, racemose, 28 to 36" [70 to 90 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers

Many references say this is a synonym of Gongora quinquenervis 1798

Synonyms Gongora nigrita var maculata LeMaire 1853; Gongora quinquenervis var nigrita Stein 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing good; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as P aspera drawing good; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999