Common Name: The Helmut Gongora
Scented: yes, oranges
Light Requirements: partial sun
Temperature Requirements: intermediate to hot
Blooms: summer to autumn
Flower Size: 5cm
Synonyms: Acropera atropurpurea hort ex Heynh. 1841; Acropera citrina Rchb.f. 1854; Acropera flavida Klotzsch 1851; Acropera fuscata Heynh. 1846; Acropera loddigesii Lindley 1833; Acropera luteola Heynh. 1846; Acropera luteola Drapiez 1840; Acropera pallida Heynh. 1846; Acropera purpurea Heynh. 1846; Acropera sulphurea Heynh. 1846; Gongora fuscata (Heynh.) Gentil 1907; *Maxillaria galeata Lindley 1842
This is a medium sized, Mexican epiphytic, rarely lithophytic or terrestrial species found in mountain rain and cloud forests with liquambar at altitudes of 600m to 1800m that grows hot to warm and is suited for wire basket culture with sphagnum and woodchips with ovoid-pyriform, longitudinally sulcate pseudobulbs with 2 apical, plicate, petiolate, elliptic, acuminate, leaves that blooms in the summer and autumn with basal 15cm to 20cm long, pendant, many flowered, racemose inflorescences arising on a mature pseudobulb and having a short to long-lived, fragrant flower with a fragrance akin to oranges. It is an evergreen species and requires a semi dry rest in the winter.