Orleanesia maculata Garay 1956 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Part SunHot Winter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Spotted Orleanesia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia in deciduous forests edges or rainforests at elevations of 50 to 1000 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with fusiform, apically narrowing pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few imbricate, scarious leafless sheaths and carrying linear, basally clasping, acute leaves that get smaller towards the apex and blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, shortly branched, several successive flowering, 18" [50 cm] long, fractiflex inflorescence and carrying the flowers in the apical third. The lip of this species is hinged and flips down when triggered.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela A Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 1991 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 341 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004