These beautiful flowers were born on a very long flowering stem. The flowers were very fragrant, as well as beautifully shaped and of a very clear white. Note the “keyhole” opening, which when taken with the white color, the fragrance and the length of the tube, indicates likely pollination by a moth with a long proboscis. Shown at the 2002 Convention of AGGS.
Fresh sprouts of this species, growing in a bed at Kew Gardens, can be seen here. Another show plant, which won Best In Show, illustrates the lovely potential of this fine species. An antique print from 1842 was the first description of the species, recently collected from Brazil.