Gongora retrorsa Rchb.f. 1854 SECTION Gongora Photos by Gunter Gerlach and His Stanhopinae Website

Fragrance Deep Shade HotSpring Summer

Common Name The Bent Gongora

Flower Size

Found in western Venezuela as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with aggregate, ovoid, laterally compressed pseudobulbs carrying membraneous, coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, plicate leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a pendent, thin, longer than the leaves, 28" to 36" [70 to 90 cm] long, well spaced, many flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers

Often cited as a synonym of G quinquevulnervis but has been separated again in more recent years


ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as G quinquevulnervis; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 1 Foldats 1969 as G quinquevulnervis; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999;