Leochilus crocodiliceps (Rchb. f.) Kraenzl. 1922 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Crocodile Head Leochilus

Flower Size 1" [2.2 cm]

This is a Mexican miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphytic species found on twigs high in the canopy of natural forests or on guava trees in plantations of Jalisco and Colima states with light green, ovate, slightly laterally compressed, ridged and sulcate with age pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few leafless and leafed sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, apical, ellptic-lanceolate leaves that blooms in the spring on a pendant, several flowered inflorescence arising from the base of a mature pseudobulb carrying 1 to 6 small, fragrant [not great] flowers. Notice that the anther cap at the apex of the column appears to be a crocodile hence the name.

Synonyms Oncidium crocodiliceps Rchb. f. 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 1 1970 photo; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006

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