!Caucaea radiata (Lindl.) Mansf. 1934 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Another Inflorescence Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Color variation Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name The Ray Shaped Caucaea

Flower Size .5" [1.3 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2850 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with green, egg-shaped, compressed, soft pseudobulbs with fine wrinkles and grooves carrying a single, apical, soft, finely grooved midvein above and keeled below leaf that blooms in the fall, spring and early summer on a basal, 8" [20 cm] long, to 10 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb.

Synonyms *Abola radiata Lindley 1853; Caucaea obscura (F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1920; Gomesa erectiflora A.D.Hawkes 1950; Leochilus lehmannianus Kraenzl. 1922; Leochilus radiatus (Lindl.) Kraenzl. 1922; Mesospinidium radiatum (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1864 ; Oncidium leochiloides Foldats 1969; Oncidium radiatum (Lindl.) Rchb. f. ex Foldats 1970; Rodriguezia obscura F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Abola radiata; Orchidaenfloren Kordillerenstaaten 2: Colombia Schlechter 1920 as Abola radiata; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as C obscura; Das Pflanzenreich; Orchidaceae-Monandre, Tribus Oncidinae-Odontoglosseae Pars II Kranzl. [1922] 1957 as Oncidium nadiatum and Oncidium radiatum; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Leochilus lehmannianus; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as leochilus radiatus; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 as Oncidium leochiloides, O nadiatum and O radiatum drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchdis Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 drawing fide; ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira' Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture Oncidium/Odontoglossum Bakers 2006; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Part 2 Pridgeon, Chase, Cribb & Rasmusen 2909 drawing/photo fide;