Caucaea sanguinolenta (Lindl.) N.H. Williams & M.W. Chase Photo by Rudolf Jenny

Common Name The Bleeding Caucaea [refers to the spots on the lip]

Flower Size .9" [2.2 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Colombia as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte occuring at elevations around 3000 meters with pear to egg-shaped pseudobulbs enveloped basally by overlapping triangular sheaths and carrying a single apical, elliptic, acute leaf that is basally longitudinally folded along the midvein for a short distance, making a petiole-like stem that blooms on an axillary, 8" [20 cm] long, 5 to 8 flowered inflorescence holding the wide spread flowers towards the apical third.

CAUTION!! This species and C mimetica are often cited as synomonous with this species 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 *Leochilus sanguinolentus Lindl. 1844; Oncidium sanguinolentum (Lindl.) Schltr. 1844

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 11 1963 as Oncidium sanguinolentum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1975 as O andigenum in part drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Oncidium sanguinolentum drawing ok; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982 as Oncidium cucullatum; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 as O sanguinolentum photo not = C mimeticum; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 as Oncidium sanguinolentum; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata =C mimeticum; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 10 2000 photo as Oncidium sanguinolentum; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as Oncidium sanguinolentum; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006 as O sanguinolentum; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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