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Mystery Gongora orchid

This is a discussion on Mystery Gongora orchid within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Lovely little dragons! Gongora have long been amongst my favorite orchids....

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    Lovely little dragons! Gongora have long been amongst my favorite orchids.

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    Yes they are a bit special... I love it how the long ovaries are such an elegant feature: they curl the flowers back towards the spike in a graceful curve- in some species a perfect semicircle!- and, en masse, this makes for a really dramatic effect.

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    Lovely little dragons! Gongora have long been amongst my favorite orchids.

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    ...especially for Jenn:

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    Sorry I didn't get around to to posting this before now Jenn, but I only just took the photos!


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    wait, what's this? There's something called a "dragon" orchid? Oh my gosh...those are crazy looking! In a very awesome way, of course. i just looked up the gongora claviodora that you were after. Wowza!!

    So i'm guessing these are rather huge plants then, huh? Could you post a pic of it even though it's not in bloom? I'd love to see what the whole thing looks like! Full frontal for me, please! Hehee!

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    And there is this one which shows the polished sheen the leaves have...

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    There is something heroic about this plant- I have come to love it!

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    Ahhh...very nice! I was picturing something really odd-looking from how the flowers are formed (maybe something along the lines of an antelope dendrobium...those are certainly odd-looking plants), but the plant is actually REALLY pretty just for its foliage, too! Those glossy green leaves are gorgeous and remind me a little of the big peace lily I have in my dining room. Lovely!! Thanks so much for sharing these photos.

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    My pleasure, Jenn. (Peace lily- of course! I know what you mean.)

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    Very cool Gongora orchid blooms.

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    Dear Jenn: My memory shows signs of decay! When Laura first used the expression dragon it set off a (very) slow fuse in my bonce... and last night it suddenly went pop. Related not to Gongora, but to Masdevallia, there is indeed a "dragon" genus: Dracula- which is Latin for "Little dragon"
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    Wait, what's this? There's something called a "dragon" orchid? Oh my gosh...those are crazy looking! In a very awesome way, of course. I just looked up the Gongora claviodora that you were after. WOWZA!!

    So I'm guessing these are rather huge plants then, huh? Could you post a pic of it even though it's not in bloom? I'd love to see what the whole thing looks like! Full frontal for me, please! Hehee!

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    Oh yes Igor, the Draculas ARE the little dragons. Personally I think they look more like bats or owls, quite a bunch of them look a tad vulgar and blood splattered. I still have to see them in bloom face to face sorta speaking, mine are busy putting out leaves for the moment.

    But Gongora flowers will always look to me like the dragons I imagined as a child, stooping to belch a big fat flame Though I wouldn't mind a lil' swamp dragon either . (And that is me in a nutshell, girls are supposed to like unicorns, I have a weakness for dragons, even when I am about to get killed by one in a game I still think they are cool).

    I bought mine on a whim, I had no clue about them, simply fell flat on me bum for the foliage, then went home with the plant, goggled it and started fretting ).

    Anyway, awesome pictures!

    Have a great one!
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    Dear Laura- If I could obtain a dragon's egg I would tie a silk ribbon around it and send it first-class to you for Xmas. I hope you have an incubator!

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