365 days of orchids – day 43 – Gongora grossa

This is a spectacular relatively large flowered Gongora with a powerful spicy scent and lovely red spots on a pale background. It also has particularly long horns protruding down from the lip.

Gongora grossa comes from wet evergreen lowland forest and Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador and the species seems to relish life in our Warm Asia section with a winter minimum of 16C. We grow the plants in baskets and water them frequently to keep the compost moist but do not worry if the humidity falls in the heat of the day.


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