!Neomoorea irrorata (Rolfe) Rolfe 1904

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Flower Closeup

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Lip Closeup

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FragranceFull shadeHotFalland Winter

Common Name The Dew-Dropped Neomoorea

Flower Size to 2 1/2" [to 6.5 cm]

A medium sized, hot growing, erect epiphyte or semi-terrestrial found at an elevations of 50 to 100 meters or more in the cloud forests of Colombia and Panama, with white, spiny, erect roots creating a dense basal mat carrying stout, ovoid, compressed, sulcate pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, plicate, coriaceous, elliptic-lanceolate, acute or shortly acuminate, strongly veined, plicate, subcoriaceous leaves that needs to be kept wet year round with even fertilizing to bloom in the fall and winter on a basal, erect to arched, to 2' [to 60 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with several [10 to 20] waxy, fragrant flowers.

This species is best grown in a pot or hanging basket with chopped tree fern and bark sifted to remove all dust, hot to cool temperatures and should be kept moist through the growth phase and less after the growths have matured.

Synonyms Lueddemannia wallisii Rchb.f 1877; *Moorea irrorata Rolfe 1890; Neomoorea wallisii [Rchb.f]Schlechter 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 1 1962 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 7 1966 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 2 1979 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 1 1984 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 8 1987 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 1991 as N wallisii; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 as N wallisii photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 2 1994 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 as N wallisii drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo as Neomorrea wallisii; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as N wallisii drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 as N wallisii photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 as N wallisii photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008 as Neomoorea wallissiiphoto fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #7 2010 as N wallisii photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 pollinia only photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #3 2017 as N wallisii photo fide;