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365 days of orchids – day 492 – Gongora scaphephorus

This is possibly the most dramatic of our Gongora species – we call it Fish Face as the buds remind us of tropical fish. The long pendulous spikes of very fragrant flowers open suddenly and all together after sitting as buds for several weeks.

Gongora scaphephorus is native to wet forests in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia from 500 to 1200m and is pollinated by euglossine bees in common with other members of the genus.

As well as looking and smelling fantastic this species has longer lasting flowers than many Gongoras we will use this blog to let you know how long.

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