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The fantastic Gongora flaveola

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    Default The fantastic Gongora flaveola

    These Gongoras are so weird, it is difficult to put proper names to the parts of the flowers - which bit is the lip for example ? Somewhere or other I have seen a diagram allotting special names, but I can't quite remember where...
    I have two plants , have had them for 4 or 5 years, but it was only last year that I learnt how to flower them successfully ( spray them frequently in a not too bright location) , and then they went on with spike after spike all through the summer. This one shown, is the smaller plant, with maybe 11 flowers ( IOSPE says 8-14) distinctly bigger than last years flowers - the largest 6.5 cm - a good 2 1/2 inches. Delicately pefumed.The other larger plant is developing three spikes so far, but at different stages , the first and most advanced has 18 buds which I will show maybe in one or two weeks as an addition here. The only possible drawback ( apart from the fact that the flowers don't last more than a couple of weeks at the most) is the difficulty of doing anything with the plants, e.g. show, or even bring into the house. But a great addition to the growing area.Name:  Gongora-flaveola-1.25.4.11-.jpg
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    Beautiful !! I have never been able to bloom mine Maybe I am giving it too much light.

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    The column exactly like praying mantis, cool photos. Geoff

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    They may be weird, but they are also beautiful. Flying yellow dragons.....who would of thunk it?! AL

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    That is a cracker Geoff !

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    They may be weird, but they are also beautiful. Flying yellow dragons.....who would of thunk it?! AL
    Too right!! These dragons are spectacular. Thanks for sharing another treasure, Geoff.

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    Love the dragons in flight, Geoff. I really need to get one of these Gongora orchids. I have always liked them, but never have tried to grow one.

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    Even within a genus there is large variation! my galeata flowers have a similar form, but are so much chunkier! and this has the characteristic "bird of prey" form too! hard to see in galeata! TRULY FANTASTIC!

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    I said I had an even better spike on my bigger plant - here it is . 17 flowers ( and one bud dropped off) and the biggest is 3 inches across. I admit to being a bit pleased with this. the plant has two other spikes developing at the same time.

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    wow !!!!!

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