!Huntleya meleagris Lindl. 1837

Photo by Patricia Harding

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Common Name Dotted-Like A Guinea Fowl [Avis meleagris]

Flower Size to 5" [to 12.5 cm]

A cold to warm growing, medium sized epiphyte with a fan like growth without psuedobulbs occuring in wet cloud forests in Venezuela, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 600 to 1300 meters with linear-lanceolate, or elliptic lanceolate, acute, thinly coriaceous leaves and blooms in the spring, summer and fall with a single waxy, substantial, very fragrant, color and size variable flower to each erect, axillary, to 6" [15 cm] long inflorescence with a triangular, acute bract.

The major difference between H burtii and H meleagris is location and the maroon spots on either side of the column. H burtii is found in central America through the northwestern Colombian coast and has the maroon spots towards the center of the flower. H meleagris on the other hand occurs from Venezuela through Brazil and Bolivia and has no central maroon spots on either side of the column.

Synonyms Batemania meleagris Rchb.f 1855; Batemannia meleagris var. albidofulva Rchb.f. ex F.Buyss. 1878; Zygopetalum meleagris Bnth. 1880; Zygopetalum meleagris var albido-fulvum Nichols ;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as Batemannia melagris drawing fide; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Batemannia melagris; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as H meleagris var albido-fulva; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; AOS Bulletin VOl 27 No 9 1958 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #7 1967 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 #7 1969 photo fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 3 1974 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 11 1979 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 11 1983 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 6 1984 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993 ; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 3 2008 photo; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008 photo fide; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;