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Gongora orchids are a type of ephiphyte orchid from Central America, Trinidad and tropical South America with most species found in Central America. It consists of 65 know species and grow in a range of geographical areas from wet forests at sea level to mountainous regions in the Andes.
They have bold flowers have a strong fragrant scent that smells like all spice, cinnamon or nutmeg. Each growth cycle can produce several flower stems and each stem can have up to 12 flowers.
The name Gongora comes from Antonio Caballero y Gongora who was the governor of Perud during the Ruiz and Pavon botanical expedition.
- They like daytime temperatures of 21oC to 29oC degrees, and night-time temperatures 13oC to 16oC
- They like light, bright levels and normal humidity
- They water liberally once a day, being careful not to let them dry out, ensuring that roots stay moist all day
- We recommend using rainwater when watering/feeding
- Flowers may last 5 to 7 weeks
- Peak flowering period occurs during the spring and early summer months