Cochleanthes aromatica [Rchb.f] Schultes & Garay 1954

Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name or Meaning The Aromatic Cochleanthes

Flower Size 3 1/2" to 5" [8.75 to 12.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama as a small to just medium sized, cool growing epiphyte occurring at 1000 to 2000 meters without pseudobulbs, yet having plicate, linear-ligulate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute to shortly acuminate leaves held in a fan-shape that blooms mostly in August till October on an erect to arcuate, axillary, 3 to 4" [7.5 to 20 cm] long, erect peduncle with a solitary, large, heavy textured, long-lived, fragrant flower held amid or below the leaves.

Synonyms Bollea wendlandi Rchb. f. 1888; Bollea wendlandiana Rchb.f; Chondrorhyncha aromatica [Rchb.f] P.H.Allen 1949; Huntleya aromatica Batem 1837; Warczewiczella aromatica [Rchb.f]Rchb.f 1863; Warczewiczella wendlandii [Rchb.f]Schlechter 1918; Zygopetalum aromaticum Rchb. f. 1852; Zygopetalum wendlandi Rchb. f. 1866

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Bot. Zeitung (Berlin) 10: 668. 1852 as Zygopetalum aromaticum; *Bot. Mus. Leafl. 28: 323. 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing fide; Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer. 74-75. 1866 as Zygopetalum wendlandii; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Warcewizciella wendlandii drawing fide; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 53. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Warszewiczella wendlandi; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Chondrorhyncha aromatica; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Chondrorhyncha aromatica photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968 as Zygopetalum wendlandii photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 #7 1969 as Chondrohyncha aromatica postage stamp fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 21 #3 2000 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 drawing good/photo fide; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 #3 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Tropical America an introduction and guide Meisel 2014 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #11 2019 drawing fide;