Mormodes cartonii Hook. 1846 SECTION Mormodes

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Steve and Wendy Hoffman

Common Name Carton's Mormodes [English Gardener 1800's]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

This orchid is a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte found in Panama, Venezuela and Colombia at elevations below 1000 meters with subcylindrical, articulate pseudobulbs enveloped completely by leafless and leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 3 to 4, from near the apex, deciduous, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the somewhat conduplicate, attenuate base leaves that blooms in the fall on 1 to 3, from the middle of the pseudobulb, racemose, densely many flowered, erect, to 6" [15 cm] long inflorescence.

It needs a rest period in winter and the flowers are fragrant (fruit punch).

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 7 1963 photo fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1975 as M convolutum drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M convolutum; drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 15 #2-3 1982 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;