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Anguloa cliftonii Clifton's Anguloa


Clifton's Anguloa, Anguloa cliftonii


Anguloa cliftonii Rolfe 1910

Common Name Clifton's Anguloa [English Orchid Grower -First bloom 18-1900's]

Flower Size 3 3/4" across [to 9 cm]

A large, Colombian, warm to cold growing terrestrial species found at elevations of 1000 to 1800 meters that is similar in flower to A. clowesii Lindley but cliftonii has a purplish brown streaked side lobe of the lip, while A. clowesii is uniformly yellow. Blooming in the spring and summer on an erect, long, bracteate, often 2, inflorescence that arise basally as the new growths arise in the late winter with a large, waxy, solitary, fragrant flower. This species has clustered ovoid-oblong pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, plicate, elliptic-oblong, acuminate, subundulate, attenuate into the base leaves and becomes a large plant.

Synonyms Anguloa cliftonii var alba Oakley 1999; Anguloa cliftonii var concolor Oakley 2008