Gongora galeata
Orchidaceae

Gongora galeata

Gongora galeata is an epiphytic orchid native to Mexico. It has furrowed pseudobulbs up to 1.75 inches (4.4 cm) long and with 1-2 leaves that are as long as 1 foot (30 cm) and 1.75 inches (4.4 cm) wide. Gongoras in general are fairly easy to grow and the strange looking flowers make them a must for any orchid collection.

Blooming: Early summer in the greenhouse. Their inflorescence is a raceme may reach 8 inches (20 cm) long with 8-10 brownish-yellow flowers on arching pedicels. They are very fragrant.

Culture: Gongora galeata are epiphytic and because of their penduluous racemes, they are best grown as hanging plants or in wooden baskets. In the greenhouse, we use compost consisting of Osmunda or tree fern fibre with sphagnum moss, to which small bark chips are added to increase drainage. Plants should be watered freely during the growing season and fertilized monthly with a special orchid fertilizer. Since the plants do not have a rest period, water is restricted during the winter months, but the compost is not allowed to dry thoroughly and fertilizer is withheld during this period.

Propagation: Gongora galeata is propagated by division of pseudobulbs in early spring.

Gongora galeata was featured as Plant of the Week June 10-16, 2005.

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