!Leochilus oncidioides Knowles & Westc. 1838

Photo by Noble Bashor

Floral Closeup, Missing anther cap

Photo by Canek Ledesma, Osbel López y Anastasio Sotero and Kew' Plants of the Worlld Website

Plant and Flowers

Photo by © Milan Wagner


Common Name The Oncidium-Like Leochilus

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in southern Pacific coastal Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte on small branches of evergreen trees along streams, with ovate to elliptic, compressed pseudobulbs that carries one or two, oblong-lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute leaves carrying fragrant flowers that appear in the fall and winter on a pendant, 6.4" [16 cm] long, few to many [1 to 15] flowered inflorescence.

Easiest difference between Leochilus oncidioides and Leochilus scriptus is that Leochilus oncidioides has a pendant inflorescence and L scriptus has an erect inflorescence.

Synonyms Burlingtonia maculata Lindl. 1839; Leochilus macrantherus (Hook.) Liebm. 1847; Oncidium macrantherum Hook. 1841; Rodriguezia maculata Lindley 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 as Oncidium macrantherum drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Systematic Botany Monographs Leochilus Vol 14 Chase 1986 drawing fide; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018