Gongora tricolor [Lindley] Rchb.f 1854 SECTION Gongora

Plant and Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Common Name The Three Colored Gongora

Flower Size

This Gongora species is found in Costa Rica and Panama and most likely Colombia at elevations of sealevel to 100 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, clustered, ovoid, strongly ridged, sulcate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3, fibrous, imbricating sheaths and carrying 2, apical, plicate, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute to acuminate leaves that blooms on a basal, pendent, elongate, to 40" [100cm] long, pendent, racemose, many inflorescence.

Often cited as a synonym of G fulva which is often cited as a synonym of G quinquenervis. I feel there are sufficient differences to keep them apart.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 63. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as G maculata var tricolor; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 7 1980 drawing fide; VARIATION IN FLORAL FRAGRANCES AND POLLINATORS IN THE Gonqora quinguenervis COMPLEX (ORCHIDACEAE) IN CENTRAL PANAMA WHITTEN 1985 dawing s fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 5 1991 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 photo fide;Orchids Australia Vol 13 No 2 2001 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 3 2006 photo;