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Gongora chocoensis alba - with fantastical flowers

This is a discussion on Gongora chocoensis alba - with fantastical flowers within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have flowered other "alba" plants in this group of species - Gongoras etc, and ...

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    Default Gongora chocoensis alba - with fantastical flowers

    I have flowered other "alba" plants in this group of species - Gongoras etc, and often that just seems to mean no red. That this should turn out white was a surprise. But then I did'nt know the plant, just happened to see it on the stand of that lady from Columbia, at the London show, and bought it on impulse. It made up three decent bulbs last year , one bigger than the others, and that has produced this spike ; it was of course a young plant when I bought it.

    The thing which excites me is that the flowers took maybe six weeks to open, as the buds enlarged, suggesting that the flowers will have a good life too ; other Gongora species I have flowered ( I find them floriferous and easy , almost continuously flowering through the summer) have had flowers which lasted only a week or say 10 days.

    Currently enlarging three or so growths - it's in a six inch net pot, in sphagnum moss and perlite, and gets sprayed every day or three with rainwater, and dipped fortnightly in nutrient/water mix - in winter , and nearer weekly in Summer.

    The flowers are so strange and fantastic- I can see the column presumably opposite the labellum ? And those two hairs are on the labellum ? Then the three larger white areas are the tepals, and there are two reduced petals, one on each side of the column ? Anyone agree/disagree/put me right ?

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    That's a beauty, Geoff! I'm a complete novice as far as Gongoras, but I have Gongora tricolor that I'm testing the waters with and, so far, it is doing very well. I've always considered anything in the Stanhopeinae subtribe fascinating. Well done!

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    Very cool...thanks for sharing!

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    I've always loved the little "flying dragons". Alas, Geoff, the flower life span will be that which is typical of Gongoras.

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    "Flying dragons" is just a perfect description! I'm going to remember that one.

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    Oh I wish mine would get off it's big fat butt and bloom !!!!

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    Have always loved gongoras but have only seen the common red ones 'live'. Great healthy plant. Thanks for sharing Geoff.

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    I did not know that Dragons flew in groups until I saw your Gongora blooms. Your words "strange and fantastic" say it all Geoff. I have a Gongora Histrionica thats growing quite well and I am looking forward to its blooming, even if they don't last long. AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    I've always loved the little "flying dragons". Alas, Geoff, the flower life span will be that which is typical of Gongoras.
    "Flying Dragons" - I love that. So apt.

    I went to see a play last year( at our National Theatre in London ) by Terry Pratchett - the Discworld man - called "Nation" which had some puppetry mixed up with the action by the cast ,and the dragons here are quite reminiscent of the flying monsters represented by the puppets. Maybe the puppeteer artist is a gongora grower !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    "Flying Dragons" - I love that. So apt.
    I completely agree. Beautiful orchid, Geoff!!

    Cheers,
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