365 days of orchids – day 721 – Gongora grossa

To go alongside yesterday’s Gongora maculata we have the beautifully scented Gongora Grossa.

Gongora grossa is another of the larger flowered species and the scent is powerfully spicy and filling Warm Asia where it grows (despite coming from the Americas). 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 17C. 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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