Leochilus carinatus (Knowles & Westc.) Lindl. 1842 Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

Plant and Flowers in situ in Mexico Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

FragrancePart shadeCoolTo HotSummer

Common Name The Keeled Leochilus

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Morelos, Puebla, Veracruz and Oaxaca states of Mexico on humid banks with mesophilic vegetation at elevations around 1700 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool growing twig epiphyte found in Mexico on small branches and twigs in scrubby bushes as well as coffee plantations and old citrus groves with ovate to suborbicular, compressed pseudobulbs carrying 2, elliptic-lanceolate leaves that blooms mostly in the late winter through early summer with fragrant flowers on an erect, arching, 6" [15 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers that can form keikis after flowering from the nodes.

This species is best mounted on treefern or cork with hot to cool temeratures, good air circulation and a lightly shaded location

Synonyms Leochilus hagsateri M.W.Chase 1986; *Oncidium carinatum Knowles & Westc. 1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1869 as Oncidium carinatum drawing fide; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing good; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 4 1994 Photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as L hagsateri; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo hmm;