Erycina diaphana Schltr. 1918 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Flower Closeup Photo by Lourens Grobler.

Plant in situPhoto courtesy of Noble Bashor

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Common Name The Transparent Erycina

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Endemic to Jalisco, Michoacan, Mexico, Morelos, and Oaxaca states of Mexico on trees in montane, dry or humid deciduous forests or oak-pine forests at elevations of 1200 to 1900 meters as a miniature, warm to cool growing epiphyte needing a mount or small wood branch to be accomodated well with clustered, oval, bronze green, stalked pseudobulbs with basal sheaths carrying to 5, narrow-oblong, acuminate, 2 ranked, leaves with up to 4 sheathed and one apical that blooms in the late winter and spring on an arching to pendant, to 5 3/5" [15 cm] long, fractiflex, axillary, racemose to branched inflorescence that has several flowers all facing in a single plane, with several lanceolate, rigid bracts along its length that arise near the base of the pseudobulb. This species requires a short dry mid-winter rest

Cited as a synonym of Erycina hyalinabulbon.

Synonyms Leochilus diaphanus (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1918; *Oncidium diaphanum Rchb. f. 1877

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Oncidium diaphana; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Leochilus diaphanus; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 3 1991; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 1 1995 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 drawing/photo fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006 as Oncidium hyalinobulbon;

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