Caucaea mimetica (Stacy) N.H. Williams & M.W. Chase 2001 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo by Parkside Orchid Nursery

Common Name The Grand Caucaea

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southern Colombia and Venezuela in humid cloud forests at elevations around 2928 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with elongate, ovoid, smooth pseudobulbs subtended by 2 to 3 leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-lanceolate, conduplicate leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 6" [15 cm] long, few to several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from the leaf sheaths of a mature pseudobulb.

CAUTION!! This species and C sanguinolenta are often cited as synomonous with C sanguinolenta taking precedence but if the determinations that I have are correct then there are big differences in the callosity of the lip, so I have left them and their synonyms separate at this time.

Synonyms Oncidium cucullatum Lindl. var. flavidum B.S.Williams in B.S.Williams 1871; *Oncidium mimeticum Stacy 1975; Oncidium mimeticum var. flavidum (B.S.Williams) Stacy 1975

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1975 as Oncidium andigenum in part drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Oncidium mimeticum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 10 2000 photo as Oncidium mimeticum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as Oncidium mimeticum drawing fide; *Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 as Oncidium mimetica; Orchid Species Culture Oncidium/Odontoglossum Bakers 2006 as Oncidium mimeticum; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 as Oncidium mimeticum photo fide; Orquedias Nativas del Tachira Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela; An Illustrated Field Guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Oncidium mimeticum; Venezuela Orchids Dunsterville 1987 as Oncidium mimeticum; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 as Oncidium mimeticum photo;Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006 O mimeticum;

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