365 days of orchids – day 397 – Gongora dressleri

We are convinced that this is the cutest gongora species. Gongora dressleri is a small plant that produces long pendulous flower spikes with attractive flowers covered in spots and stripes and with a white lip. These are the smallest flowers in the genus but they are very graceful and demand a close inspection which reveals a lemon yellow spot on each side of the lip.


The species is found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia and according to Tallis (who is good with scents) the fragrance is similar to hyacinths.

We have another clone (below) which is more heavily spotted than the clone (above) in flower today but otherwise very similar.


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