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Old 07-05-2008, 05:29 PM
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So the last time I was at Tropical Orchid Farm (this past May) there was this Gongora blooming (one of dozens I might add!) that was really cool so I asked if I could buy a division. Jeff was kind enough to agree and sold me a peice of this Gongora that he said was an unknown species from Peru. After about a week in my care, it threw out a new growth, followed quickly by a spike and then another spike. Ive posted pics here for our resident Gongora experts to guess as to what species this is because I have NO CLUE!! lol The first 2 pics show the growth habit of the plant and inflorescence and also shows this plant's neighbor, a Gongora escobariana that is now blooming on its 3rd spike this year. The escobariana has a typical "orchidy" smell and is VERY VERY strong, while the unknown species has more of a "spicy" smell. I wish I could describe smells better for you! The next pic was taken with a flash, the fourth pic was with some sunlight and the fifth pic was no flash and no direct sun. Any thoughts or suggestions as to the species are most appreciated!! Thanks!
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Really? Nobody has any clue about this one?? Did I stump the OB?! lol I guess that kind of cool in itself!
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I think it may be Gongora rufescens, not sure though. It's a really nice one, though!

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From now on, if I encounter an orchid that I cant quite figure out, Im just gonna PM Mahon!! This one looks quite a bit like rufescens. I was using Rod Rice's "Gongorana" to try and figure this one out, but I checked IOSPE after Mahon's suggestion and VOILA!! Rufescens!! Thanks for the heads up!!
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