Houlletia tigrina Linden ex Lindl. & Paxton 1853

Dark Color Form

Photos by Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Photos by Patricia Harding

FragranceFull shadeWarmTo CoolSpringFall

Common Name The Tiger-Striped Houlettia

Flower Size 2 1/2" [3.5 cm]

Found in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in rain and cloud forests at elevations of 800 to 2200 meters as a medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with ovoid-pyriform, lightly rugose pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few scarious, triangular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, plicate, elliptical, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, channeled petiolate base leaf and blooms in the spring and fall on a basal, pendant, arising on a mature pseudobulb, about 4" [10 cm] long and shorter than the leaves, one to few flowered, brown or reddish, sheathed inflorescence carrying waxy, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Houlletia landsbergii Linden & Rchb. f. 1855; Houlletia lansbergii Rchb. f. 1855; Paphinia tigrina (Linden ex Lindl.) B.S.Williams 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Paxton's Fl. Gard. 3: 171 1853; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as H lansbergii; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 226. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as H lansbergii; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 8 1960 as Houlettia landsbergii photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as H lansbergii; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 3 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 1 1973 as H lansbergii photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 1 1974 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 1 1974 as H lansbergiiphoto fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8 drawing; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 6 1982 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 779 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 12 1995 photo fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 22 #2 2002 photo fide; Manual de Plants de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drwaing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photos fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #8 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #7 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide