Mormodes colossus Rchb. f. 1852 SECTION Mormodes


Photo by by Cesar Aguilar Salas Costa Rica

Another Flower

Photo by Rudolf Jenny and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Red Color Form

Red Color Form

Red Color Form Plant and Flowers

Photos by by Jeremy Quesada Gonzalez from Costa Rica

Rose Color Form

Spotted Color Form

Orange Color Form

Photos by Cesar Aguilar Salas from Costa Rica

A different lipped Specimen

Photo by H Teuscher

Column detail

Photos by Keith Uhlenhaut from Costa Rica

Common Name The Gigantic Mormodes

Flower Size 4 3/4" [to 12 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama growing in both the Caribbean and Atlantic slopes in the Talamanca, Tilaran and Central Mountain Ranges in montane forests at elevations of 400 and 2100 meters as a large sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with almost cylindric, tapering pseudobulbs carrying a few plicate, deciduous leaves with persistent leaf bases below that blooms in the spring arising from near the base, to 2' [60 cm] long, arching, racemose inflorescence carrying color and size variable, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Mormodes wendlandii Rchb.f. 1863

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 224. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 7 1958 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 9 1962 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 9 1962 photo as M wendlandii; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 3 1963 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 7 1963 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 no 7 1964 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orquideologia Vol 15 #2-3 1982 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 9 1983 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #10 2013 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide