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Gongora galeata Helmut Gongora

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The genus Gongora has some of the strangest looking orchid flowers, galeata being a beautiful brown/yellow flowered specie, with fragrant sprays of 8-10 inches(~20omm). It is temperature tolerant, but in cooler temperatures it is prone to attack from fungi which causes leaf tip die back. The flowering period is between September-October.
It is an epiphytic orchid native to Mexico. It has pseudobulbs with 1-2 leaves that can be as long as 1 foot (30 cm) and 1.75 inches (4.4 cm) wide.
Gongoras in general are fairly easy to grow and the strange looking flowers make it unusual. The flowers are said to be very fragrant, but I did not notice it during its flowering.
Because of their penduluous racemes, they are best grown as hanging plants or in wooden baskets.
Plants should be watered freely during the growing season and fertilized monthly with a special orchid fertilizer. The plants do not have a rest period and water is best restricted during the winter months, but the compost should not allowed to dry out completely during this period.
Gongora galeata is best propagated by division of pseudobulbs in early spring.
Synonyms Acropera atropurpurea hort ex Heynh. 1841.


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