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Gongora mystery

Discussion in 'Orchid Identification Section' started by KellyW, Jan 29, 2015.

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  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    About 5-6 +/- years ago I purchased a potted plant on-line. When it arrived I noticed another small plant of unknown genus nestled down under the leaves. It was tiny, maybe 1.5 inch tall. I pulled it out as a weed and noticed that it had some decent roots. Just for fun I grabbed a 2" pot, scooped some gravel from the floor of the greenhouse and stuck the "weed" in it. It thrived. A few years ago, still not knowing what it was, I potted it up into this 4" pot with LECA. Yesterday the first flowers opened. I wish I had kept a record of what plant it was hitch-hiking in but it was not a Gongora. Anyway, it turned out pretty good I think.

    Gongory mystery-900.jpg Gongora mystery plant-800.jpg
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Dang, Kelly! You definitely did well growing such a tiny plant into that specimen. The flowers have nice color.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Zach.
     
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    ♡ awesome !
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Kelly, the closest I could get is Gongora odoratissima using IOSPE. That is not a definitive source, and the only way to be certain is have a taxonomist confirm a determination.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for looking into this, Bill. Here is a detail of a part of the lip which I suspect is important in the ID. I don't know what this structure is called.
    Gongory mystery detail2.jpg

    Here is an image identified as odoratissima that shows the same structure
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct...02kL2h5Tifg7gHNIilJuzriQ&ust=1423090133698648
    Also, there is an old lithograph of odoratissima that shows the structure. I will look for the description drawing.

    For now I will call mine Gongora cf. odoratissima
     
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    John Klinger Active Member Supporting Member

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    Very nice Kelly, thanks
     
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    It's so beautiful! I love the wild red pattern! Congratulations, the little blind passenger has obviously turned into a specimen plant!
     
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    maybe Gongora leucochila or Gongora histrionica
     
  10. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Piotr, I agree. It seems certain that it is in the Subsection Gongora and so many of them look very similar to me. Odoratissima, leuchochilla, chocoensis, histrionica and several others are in this subsection and look very similar to mine.
    Here is an interesting page http://www.yonggee.name/Genera/Gongora.html