Comparettia speciosa Rchb.f 1878 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Flicker Orchid Photostream

Inflorescence Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Color Form Photo by Marc Flandre

Another Plant Photo by Eric Hunt

Common Name The Beautiful Comparettia

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador and northwestern Peru in very wet montane forests as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool pendant growing, twig epiphyte in the lower cloud forests at elevations of 700 to 2000 meters with oblong-cylindric, lightly compressed pseudobulbs carrying a single apical, oblong-lanceolate, petiolate, acute and minutely biloped at the apex, coriaceous leaf that blooms in the summer on a delicate, basal, erect to arching, 12" [30+ cm] or longer, sometimes irregularly branched, racemose inflorescence with up to 8 successively opening flowers that can branch and reflower if left alone and occur.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 8 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 5 1966; Orchid Digest Vol 42 no 5 1978 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 417 Dodson 1982 drawing fide;AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 6 1986 photo; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 4 1991 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 7 2000 photo; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 427 Bennett 7 Christenson 1998 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;