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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; Some three years ago I ordered a Gongora claviodora online. This Summer it finally exploded ...

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    Default Mystery Gongora orchid

    Some three years ago I ordered a Gongora claviodora online. This Summer it finally exploded into bloom: seven yard-long spikes trailing down and bearing about a dozen musky, bird-like blooms on each. Quite a show! But it was NOT my longed-for G claviodora. For shame! Well, last week I pinned it down at last: G bufonia. Like most orchid species it is a bit variable, but this is a fair representative. If there are any Gongora specialists out there who know better, I would greatly value your information.

    I was a bit put out at the time, I think: I regret not taking a better picture. But the plant in flower is huge and impossible to move and I guess this is the best I could do!


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    It's a lovely dragon none the less Igor! (We all know you can do better then this (), but if the plant can't be moved, you can!) Would you please take a frontal pic and show us the whole plant? I for one just die to see!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Sorry- this is the only picture I have. It was in bloom in the summer. It was blooming for about four weeks which is not bad for this alliance, I suppose.
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    It's a lovely dragon none the less Igor! (We all know you can do better then this (), but if the plant can't be moved, you can!) Would you please take a frontal pic and show us the whole plant? I for one just die to see!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Sugar, now I have to wait for mine to bloom! Mine was generously labeled Gongora by an otherwise serious german grower, you beat that if you can!
    /L

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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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    Well well well. Still, I reckon you won't be disappointed, babe! You see, I did a bit of reading after mine went ballistic- and it seems they tend to be quite prolific.

    Also there is the exquisite pleasure of being reminded by the blooms of the amazing web of interdependence between Gongoras, those little green bees, Brazil nuts and that cute rodent the size of a hare and that looks more like a small antelope... (what IS it called?) and how without the Gongora they would all perish. Symbiosis has huge rewards for the organisms taking part, but it is such a gamble because each player is indispensable: evolution playing Russian roulette... (I believe Brazil nuts cannot be cultivated but are collected from the forest- so: no Gongora, no Brazil nut trade!)
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    Sugar, now I have to wait for mine to bloom! Mine was generously labeled Gongora by an otherwise serious german grower, you beat that if you can!
    /L

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidAddict View Post
    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!
    That's what Laura called it- she's a very expressive gal! Will certainly post a photo of the plant for you... gonna try to snap it later today... Out of flower it is quite compact: about 2- 2 and a half feet across. Leaves sharply pointed but quite broad and with sides bowed, not parallel (ovate); tissue thin (for an orchid), but stiffened by thick longitudinal veins; rapidly formed heavy pseudobulbs- size and shape of a duck's egg, and deeply ridged. Attractive and vigorous plants whose distinctive appearance gives pleasant variety to a collection. I suppose they remind one a bit of a Lycaste or Anguloa who also have broad leaves. (Now these fellers can be really BIG!)

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    Hi Igor if I'm not mistaken the small antelope is Agoutis very expert in opening the thick hard Brazil nuts as I watched the National Geo. a couple of months ago. I have G. claviodora as you said very fast growing and free flowering in tropical country one pseudobulb can produced at least 2 to 5 spikes each season like Malaysia here never stop growing. The smell is fantastic exactly like a "clove" very strong can smell about 3 to 5 meter ahead. The spike average around 2 to 3 feet and the flowers is not lasting around 4 days begin to fade and the tropical fruit flies love their smell, just have a look the photos below.
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    Wow Zainal- now THAT'S what I'm talking about! Thank you so much... and for the agouti!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pindar View Post
    Wow Zainal- now THAT'S what I'm talking about! Thank you so much... and for the agouti!
    You are welcome.

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