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Mormodes hookeri


Common Name Hooker's Mormodes [William Hooker - English orchid enthusiast late 1800's]

Flower Size 1.5" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 1000 to 1250 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with smaller pseudobulbs, that are leafless at blooming, carrying several, plicate, rather narrow, soon deciduous leaves that blooms in the winter on a short, erect, rather few flowered infloresence carrying very fragrant flowers

Synonyms Mormodes atropurpurea Hook. 1851; Mormodes barbata Lindl. & Paxton 1851


Photo Right: Mormodes hookeri 'Baker's Panama'


Source:  IOSPE PHOTOS  Photo:  Brent Baker




This species range is Costa Rica to W. Panama.  






No known variants at this time




Mormodes atropurpurea

Mormodes barbata




Mormodes hookeri 'Brent baker' HCC/AOS 




When learning how to grow a new (to you) orchid, the best and most highly recommended process in learning is to visit a orchid grower and observe how they grow orchids.  Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.  This is why I included the image to the immediate left here.  (Click image to reveal full-sized in a new tab)


The Mormodes are getting "Cattleya light" (might be difficult to prove in this image),  and situated so that the pots are at a slight angle possibly to allow the spikes and their blooms grow out, over and droop as they would in a natural setting.


These orchids are situated in a smaller pot possibly with moss to provide an immediate growing area that is snug, almost root bound.  That pot is then buried in a pot with gravel or clay pellets to maintain balance (keep the weighted orchid in spike from toppling over).  The larger pot may also retain water to keep the moss that the orchid is actually growing in evenly moist.



 Mormodes hookeri "SVO'


Morm. hookeri 'Black Fuzz'


Mormodes hookeri 'Fuzz'

Mormodes hookeri 


Awarded Exhibits:


I include awarded exhibit results only as a guide to determine  possible peak bloom season for an orchid.  In the end, the orchid itself and the conditions it is grown in have the final say on the matter.


Mormodes hookeri 'Brent Baker' 

2008-01 HCC AOS  76 points
Brent Baker, Yorba Linda, California


Mormodes atropurpurea 'Taqui'

2010-04 CHM AOS  83 points
Jeremy Quesada Gonzalez


Mormodes atropurpurea 'Dennis'

1965-03 CBM AOS  83 points
Diana Keesler, Miami, Florida


CHM/AOS =  Certificate of Horticultural Merit barbata

CBM/AOS =  Certificate of Botanical Merit (discontinued on March 1, 1978)














This particular orchid is a species so it is less forgiving with regards to growing conditions not being satisfied.


Grow in intermediate to warm conditions with partially bright light. Water regularly during growing season and when plants drop leaves during dormancy reduce watering. During dormancy only water about twice a month to keep pseudobulbs from shriveling. Resume watering normally when new growths occur in spring. Plants can die easily from over watering. Plants are usually grown in bark with perlite, cork, full sphagnum moss, and tree fern.




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