Rodriguezia decora (Lem.) Rchb. f. 1852

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Common Name The Pretty Rodriguezia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.7 cm]

This small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte has slightly fragrant flowers and is found in Sao Paulo, Parana', Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul Brazil in cool, montane, coastal forests and savannahs at moderate elevations with well-spaced, ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a single leaf-bearing sheath and carrying a single, apical, rigid, leathery, linear-oblong, acute leaf that blooms an an axillary, arcuate-pendant, to 2' [60 cm] long, slender and flexuous, racemose to paniculate, few to several [5 to 15] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseduobulb with small, membraneous sheathing bracts occuring in the fall and winter.

Synonyms Burlingtonia amoena Planch. 1852; Burlingtonia decora Lem. 1852; Rodriguezia decora f. lactea (L.C.Menezes) F.Barros & J.A.N.Bat. 2004; Rodriguezia decora var. lactea L.C.Menezes 1995; Rodriguezia decora var. picta (Hook.) A.H.Kent 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as R decora var picta drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band II Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 10 1982 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995 drawing good/photo ok; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide; 100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 9 2008 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #3 2019 drawing fide;