Ada elegantula (Rchb. f.) N.H. Williams 1972

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt.


Common Name or Meaning The Elegant Ada

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in lower wet montane forests at elevations of 750 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with small, ovoid-subglobulose, to cylindrical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, apical, ligulate, or linear, acute leaves that blooms in the fall through spring on an erect, 12" [30 cm] long, several [10] flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with the flowers opening in succession.

Synonyms *Brassia elegantula Rchb. f. 1885; Brassiopsis elegantula (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Górniak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 1 1970 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 5 1978 photo fide; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 902 Dodson 1984 drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 0003 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as Brassia elegantula drawing/photo fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide