Schomburgkia gloriosa Rchb. f. 1860 Photo by Maarten Sepp

Part sun HotFall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Glorious Schomburgkia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Surinam?, Fr Guiana?, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and northern Brazil at elevations of 200 to 850 meters as a large sized, hot growing epiphyte with clavate, terete below, lightly compressed, grooved above, 4 to 6 noded pseudobulbs carrying 2 or 3, apical, narrowly oblong, obtuse, coriaceous, acinate leaves that blooms in the fall and early winter on a terminal, to more than 4' [120 cm] long, apical, racemose, many [8 to 15] flowered, clustered at the apex of the inflorescence with prominent, deflexed, linear-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and has large, showy, waxy, short-lived flowers arising on a mature pseudobulb and is related to Schomburgkia crispa Lindley.

Synonyms Bletia gloriosa (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1862; Bletia wallisii Rchb.f. 1877; Epidendrum fimbriatum Vell. 1831; Laelia gloriosa (Rchb.f.) L.O.Williams 1941; Schomburgkia crispa var. alba L.C.Menezes 2002; Schomburgkia crispa var. wallisii (Rchb.f.) H.G.Jones 1969; Schomburgkia fimbriata Hoehne 1942; Schomburgkia gloriosa f. alba (L.C.Menezes) F.Barros & J.A.N.Bat. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 1 1963 as S amazonica; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Laelia gloriosa; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo good; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 11 2017 photo fide;