Rodriguezia leeana Rchb. f. 1883 Photo by Pedro Ivo Soares Braga and The Brazilian Orchids Website

Another flower? Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower? Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders


Common Name Lee's Rodriguezia [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1 3/8" [3.3 cm]

Found from Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador on bushes on the edges of forests or in open areas as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphytic species found at elevations of 250 to 1350 meters with strongly laterally compressed, ellipsoid, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped almost completely by 2 to 3 imbricating, lower leafless upper leaf-bearing sheaths equal in length to the single apical, linear-lanceolate, conduplicate, acute leaf that is "v" shaped in cross section, and blooms in the winter on an axillary, pendulous, racemose, to 6" [15 cm] long, few [6 to 8] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb through the leaf axil.

CAUTION I am not convinced that any of the photos presented are correct for this species, but I put them in order of probability of correctness.

Synonyms Burlingtonia leeana (Rchb. f.) B.S. Williams 1894

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing good to the first photo good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing first photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 1 1984 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 12 1984 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela Dunsterville 1987 drawing/photo fideVenezuela, Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo good to the first photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good to the first photo; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo okish; Orquideologia Vol 24 #2 2006 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;