Houlletia lowiana Rchb.f. 1874

Photo by © Sebastian Vieira


Photo by © Hans-Gerhardt Seeger

FragrantPart shade Warm Spring

Common Name Low's Houlletia [English Nurseryman 1800's]

Flower Size 3.6" [9 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests at elevations of 1500 to 1800 meters as a large sized, warm growing epiphyte with ovoid-pyriform, tapered pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, plicate, lanceolate, acute, attenuate to the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a suberect, terete, 8 to 12.8" [20 to 32 cm] long, 2 flowered, racemose inflorescence enveloped by a series of close, tubular bracts and ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, fleshy flowers that have a strong scent of black walnut husks..

Synonyms Houlletia kalbreyeriana Kraenzl. 1920; Jennyella kalbreyeriana (Kraenzl.) Lückel & Fessel 1999; Jennyella lowiana (Rchb.f.) Lückel & Fessel 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 0238 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Orchicdacearum Peruvianum Plate 260 Bennett & Christenson 1995 as H kalbreyiana drawing hmm; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photos fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #1 2012 as H odoratissima photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #4 2016 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 as H kalbreyeriana;