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 Mormodes subsp. var.  
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Mormodes (Greek, a grotesque creature). Orchidaceae Rather large plants remarkable for the interesting form of their flowers, which suggested the name given to the genus by Lindley.

Pseudobulbs long, tapering, sheathed by the dry bases of the fallen lvs.: lvs. long, plaited, deciduous in the autumn: raceme from the base of the pseudobulbs, bearing many showy fls.; sepals and petals subequal, mostly narrow; labellum firmly united with the column, with revolute margins, rarely concave, turned to one side; column without appendages, twisted in the opposite direction from the labellum. Distinguished from the closely related genus Catasetum by its perfect fls. and wingless column.—About 20 species in Colombia, Cent. Amer. and Mex.

Mormodes are commonly found in poor condition among the collections, which is the result of neglect rather than difficulty of cultivation. They should be grown in small baskets suspended from the roof, in a compost of equal parts of clean chopped peat fiber, sphagnum and sod, interspersed by nodules of charcoal, and the whole pressed in firmly around the roots. The roots like to work among the charcoal, and this also serves the purpose of dividing the compost, thereby allowing it to dry out more readily. Mormodes do not require an abundance of water at any time, and the compost should be allowed to dry out frequently during the growing season. When at rest, an occasional application will suffice to keep the soil moist and the pseudobulbs from shriveling. Re-basketing should take place at the commencement of new growth in spring. They all require warmhouse temperature; the cattleya or cypripedium department affords them a proper location as to temperature and moisture.

M.oberlanderianum, Lehm A. Kranzl. Sepals and petals lemon-color, rose-spotted; lip apricot, with large spots of same color. N. S. Amer. G.C. III. 28:318.—M. revolutum, Rolfe. Fls. cinnabar, with a yellow lip; sepals and petals lanceolate, acute or acuminate; lip 3-lobed, the midlobe acuminate, reflexed. Peru. B.M. 8390.—M. Wolterianum, Kranzl. Resembling M. Buccinator: racemes up to 10-fld.; fl. orange-brown. Peru.

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