!Embreea rodigasiana (Claess. ex Cogn.) Dodson 1980

Another View Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens

Common Name Rodigas' Embreea [Belgian Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 6 1/2" [16 cm]

Found in el Choco Colombia as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte in extremely wet cloud forests at elevations of 400 to 1500 meters with ovoid, 4-angled, pale green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, plicate, suberect, heavily veined beneath, oblanceolate to elliptic-oblong, acute, pale green leaf and blooms in the spring with a basal, pendant, 3 to 10" [8 to 25 cm] long, slender inflorescence bearing several sheaths, obovate bracts and a large, solitary, fleshy, short-lived flower.

This species needs to be potted in a hanging basket to accomodate the pendant inflorescence which arises from the base of the pseudobulb and goes straight down through the media and out the underside of the basket. It is distinguished from Stanhopea from which it was segregated by Dodson in 1980 because of it's four horned lip and notably different pseudobulbs and leaves.

Synonyms *Stanhopea rodigasiana Claess. ex Cogn. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 064 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 9 1978 photo as Stanhopea rodigasiana; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 4 1984 photo as Stanhopea rodigasiana; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 2 1985 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 12 1993 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 1 2002 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide/photo not E herrenhusana; Caesiana Vol 22 Stanhopea Part 2 Jenny 2004 drawing/photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide

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