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Gomesa crispa or recurva?

Discussion in 'Orchid Identification Section' started by Gerrit, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. Gerrit

    Gerrit Well-Known Member

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    Got this as Gomesa crispa but can't this be recurva?

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    Hi Gerrit,

    Yes, I agree with you that your plant is Gomesa recurva. Both Gom. recurva and Gom. crispa are often much-confused, as the flowers are quite similar.

    The key to Gomesa in Orchids of Brazil says that Gom. crispa has lateral sepals that are fused only at the base, whereas in Gom. recurva the laterals are fused for over half their length.

    Reference: Baptista, D.H., Harding. P.A. & A. Docha Neto. (2011) Orchids of Brazil – Oncidiinae Part 1. Associação Orquidófila Piracicabana, Brazil.

    Cheers.

    Gary
     
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    Gerrit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Gary. Another plant I have is labelled as recurva. It flowered last year but i didn't take pictures. When it flowers this year I will take some so I can compare the flowers. This second plant grows much smaller, only half the size of this one.