!Pescatoria cerina (Lindl. & Paxton) Rchb. f. 1852

TYPE for the genus

Lighter Colored Variety

Photos by Jay Pfahl, plant grown by JEM Orchids

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Photo by Danny Lentz , plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Waxy Pescatoria

Flower Size to 3" [to 7.5 cm]

Occurring from Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia on the Pacific slopes at altitudes of 800 to 3000 meters in very wet, highland montane forests and cloud forests on the trunks of shady trees, and as such, is a warm to cold growing, medium to large sized epiphyte with no pseudobulbs but has erect to arcuate, plicate, subcoriaceous, linear-lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute or acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaves arranged in a fan shape that blooms in the spring through fall a short to 4" [10 cm], axillary, erect to arcuate, single flowered inflorescence arises from the basal leafless sheaths, carrying a fragrant, fleshy, waxy flower.

Synonyms *Huntleya cerina Lindl. & Paxt 1852-3; Pescatoria costaricensis Schltr. 1923; Zygopetalum cerinum (Lindl.& Paxt.) Rchb. f. 1863

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Bot. Zeitung (Berlin). 10(39): 667. 1852; Paxt. Fl. Gard. 3: 62, f. 263. 1852 as Huntleya cerina; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing fide; Ann. Bot. Syst. 6: 651. 1861 as Zygopetalum cerinum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 139. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P costaricensis; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 5 1958 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1478 Atwood 1992 drawing 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 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 11 1995; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 3 2006 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 3 2007 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo fide; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #11 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #5 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide