In the orchid world, "species" are those orchids that occur naturally in nature. Depending who you ask, the blooms of a species is better, the same or not as dramatic as the bloom of a hybdrid orchid. Most species orchids are less forgiving in a growing area they are not accustomed to and the result will be disappointing (specially for the orchid). Understanding the cultivation needs of species orchids will serve as a guide for the care of a hybrid that includes particular species in its background.
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Common Name Hooker's Mormodes [William Hooker - English orchid enthusiast late 1800's]
Flower Size 1.5" [1.5 cm]
Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 1000 to 1250 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with smaller pseudobulbs, that are leafless at blooming, carrying several, plicate, rather narrow, soon deciduous leaves that blooms in the winter on a short, erect, rather few flowered infloresence carrying very fragrant flowers
Synonyms Mormodes atropurpurea Hook. 1851; Mormodes barbata Lindl. & Paxton 1851
Photo Right: Mormodes hookeri 'Baker's Panama'
Common Name The Crooked Mormodes
Flower Size .8" [2 cm]
A small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte that is found on older rotting tree branches from Venezuela and Brazil with clustered, fusiform pseudobulbs enveloped completely by grey nervose sheaths becoming evanescent with age, and carrying, thin, plicate, lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms on 1 or 2 ascending, few to several [8 to 15] flowered inflorescence that arises from the lower half of a mature pseudobulb with or without leaves and has slightly fragrant flowers that occur in the spring.
Mormodes sinuata ABG # 07-2342 flowering at the Fuqua Orchid Center