!Coeliopsis hyacinthosma Rchb. f. 1872

Photos by Lourens Grobler


Flower Closeup

Photos by Gilberto Escobar, Leslie Garay Archives

FragranceFull shadeWarmTo HotSpringSummer

Common Name The Hyacinth Smelling Coeliopsis

Flower Size 4/5" [2.25 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, El Choco' department of Colombia and Ecuador in warm humid forests at elevations of sealevel to 1200 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with ovoid or subcylindrical pseudobulbs enveloped by papery, basal sheaths and carries 2 to 4 oblanceolate, plicate, acuminate, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a dense, basal, pendant, 1.6" to 3.2" [4 to 8.5 cm] long, subcapitate, few to several flowered, racemose inflorescence with chartaceous, lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts carrying very fleshy, waxy, fragrant flowers that smell strongly of hyacinth or raspberries.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #5 1967 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8 drawing; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 39 pg 2437 - 2500 Brieger 2000 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide