Anguloa clowesii : Cradle Orchid

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Anguloa clowesii is a species of orchid commonly called the Cradle Orchid, as it has a rocking lip, which is enclosed completely by the sepals and petals as in a tulip which gives the plant it’s other common name the Tulip Orchid. It is found in Colombia and Venezuela at elevations around 1,600 meters in the western slope of the Andes next to the Llanos and is a warm to cold growing orchid that has large, waxy, highly fragrant, solitary flowers smelling of wintergreen and chocolate.

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Anguloa, commonly known as tulip orchids, is a small orchid genus closely related to Lycaste. Its abbreviation in horticulture is Ang. They named it in honor of Francisco de Angulo, a contemporary Peruvian who collected orchids as a hobby and by this way had become quite knowledgeable about these plants, assisting the botanists in their work.

This genus is found on the forest floor at high elevations from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador to Peru.

Photos: Orchid Display HouseAtlanta Botanical GardenAtlantaGeorgiaUSA  [20130913]

Source: Wikipedia, www.orchidspecies.com

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