Schomburgkia Species Orchids


This genus was formerly combined with the genus Laelia and has many similarities in flower form to the latter. However, there are enough unique characteristics to warrant the creation of a separate genus. Twelve medium to large sized species grow on trees or rocks in their native habitat. Pseudobulbs are large and have two to three long, leathery leaves at the top. Flowers are borne in clusters at the end of long spikes and are showy. The bloom season is spring and summer. This species grows best mounted on wood plaques and needs high to very high light levels.

The most notable feature of the plants (beside the striking flowers) is that the large cylindrical pseudobulbs are hollow. Ants often take up residence in the hollows and act as a security force to protect the plant from potential predators.

The genus is named in honor of Sir Richard and Moritz Schomburgk who were botanists in Germany.

Schomburgkia Species Orchids

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  1. The statment that Sir Robert Herman and Moritz Richard Schomburg were botanists in Germany is incorrect.Robert was employed by The Geographical Society of London to map British Guyana and sent plants from there to Lindley. On a 2nd trip to Guyana he took his brother Moritz with him. Later Moritz (better known as "Richard") emigrated to Australia.
    For full details see "Discovering New World Orchids" by Steve Manning