Gongora scaphephorus – 365 days of orchids – day 1231

I recently noted that the greenhouse is very fragrant at present and another of the scented orchids is this very spectacular gongora species.

Gongora scaphephorus has some of the largest flowers amongst our gongora species as well as the longest spikes, making it one of the most spectacular.

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. The only problem we find is making sure that there is free space for the fast growing flower spikes so that they don’t get caught up in the bench or other plants.


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  1. Hiya,

    I’m a PhD student at the Milner Centre for Evolution, Bath. We’d like to use one of your photos in a research journal publication, with all credits to you, would you be able to email me please? I tried emailing an official WSBE email a long time ago but had no success.

    Best wishes,

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Hi Jamie – I am sorry, I thought I replied to your email – we are delighted that one of our photos is of use. Which photo is it?

    • Hi Simon,

      I emailed the WSBE email address today with further details. Would you be able to let me know on here if you reply? Weird request I know, I just wonder whether my uni email blocked the last one and don’t want to miss anything!

      Best wishes,