Anguloa cliftonii Rolfe 1910

Another Angle

Another View Photos by Jay Pfahl

Specimen Plant Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name Clifton's Anguloa [English Orchid Grower -First bloom 18-1900's] - In Colombia Cuna de Venus

Flower Size 3 3/4" across [to 9 cm]

A large, Colombian, cool growing terrestrial species found at elevations of 1000 to 1800 meters that is similar in flower to A. clowesii Lindley but cliftonii has a purplish brown streaked side lobe of the lip, while A. clowesii is uniformly yellow. Blooming in the spring and summer often on 2, erect, long, bracteate, single flowered inflorescence that arise basally as the new growths arise in the late winter with a large, waxy, solitary, fragrant flower. This species has clustered ovoid-oblong pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, plicate, elliptic-oblong, acuminate, subundulate, attenuate into the base leaves and becomes a large plant.

Synonyms Anguloa cliftonii var alba Oakley 1999; Anguloa cliftonii var concolor Oakley 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1982; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 29 Schlechter/Brieger 1994 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 4 2000 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa, The Essential Guide Oakley 2008