Mormodes / Species


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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Mormodes elegans


The Elegant Mormodes.


Found in Bolivia and Rondonia Brazil at elevations around 100 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with clustered, elliptic-lanceolate, wider near the base, slightly laterally compressed pseudobulbs and carrying numerous, linear-lanceolate, acute, basally clasping with a caniculated, pseudo-petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, 24" [60 cm] long, to 20+ flowered inflorecence arising from the nodes on the lower half of the pseudobulb, and has 4 to 5, amplexicaul bracts and triangular floral bracts with all the flowers held in the apical 1/3.

Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia



Mormodes hookeri


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'


Source: IOSPE PHOTOS Photo: Brent Baker

Mormodes ignea


The Fire-Red Mormodes


Found as a large sized, warm growing epiphyte in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia on dead and decaying trees in full sun at elevations around 900 meters with cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying lanceolate, acuminate, prominently veined leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, to more than 2' [60 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers all arising after the deciduous leaves have fallen in the autumn.


Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia


Photo by Lourens Grobler




Photo by Lourens Grobler


Mormodes sinuata


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