Galeandra baueri

Galeandra baueri

Galeandra is a tropical American genus consisting of about twenty or so species. Most of these are found throughout Central America and into northern South America. The pseudobulbs, which resemble an elongated Catasetum, can be a foot tall and are topped with beautiful silvery bluegreen leaves from which emerge the inflorescence in late spring. New buds are produced continually from the apex of the inflorescence extending the blooming period for several months. The flowers often have a curious leather like scent. We have seen these lowland orchids growing in the tops of Paurotis palms in Belize suggesting that coconut chunks or fiber and bright light might be a key to successful culture.