365 days of orchids – day 16 – Gongora Catilligera

gongora-catilligeraThis fragrant orchid is found in Columbia usually at around 1000m and the most consistent sent identification we have had is adhesive tape. This genus has a pendulous flower spike that hangs down which means we have to hang them up when the flower spike appears. There is very little research and information on this orchid probably because the genus Gongora is amongst the hardest to identify by looks. This is due to the fact that their pollinator, a euglossine or perfume bee, finds and identifies it by smell.


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