365 days of orchids – day 633 – Gomesa flexuosa (Oncidium flexuosum)
A species that is in flower for much of the year is Gomesa flexuosa. This Brazillian species has recently been transferred from Oncidium to Gomesa along with many of the Brazillian oncidiums. It is native the the Mata Atlantica forests running along the Atlantic Coast of Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. It is found from as an epiphyte from coastal marshes up to 1200m and adapted to the seasonal dry period by growing a mass of roots. We grow the species mounted as it has something of a climbing habit with each pseudobulb growing above the previous one.
It is a reliable tough species and delivers real impact each summer with masses of small yellow flowers on branched flower spikes as shown in the photographs. We have had this species in our collection since the start and it is one we would never be without.
We have seen similar species in Brazil where the mass of yellow flowers in the canopy can be seen hundreds of metres across a valley.
What lovely autumnal colours. Obviously this magnificent plant is too big to photograph infront of a black backdrop. Absolutely beautiful!