Leochilus scriptus (Scheidw.) Rchb. f. 1854 Photo by Eduardo Perez Garcia and Asociacion Mexicanos de Orquideas Homepage

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Common Name The Written Leochilus

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and Brazil as well as the Caribbean as a small sized, warm to hot growing epiphyte in dense clumps on twigs or branches in open pine forests, citrus groves or coffee plantations at elevations of sea level to 1100 meters with ovoid, compressed, sulcate pseudobulbs subtended by 1 or 2 foliaceous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-ligulate to elliptic-lanceolate, oblique, tridentate at the obtuse apex, light green leaf and blooming on a basal, erect, slender, to 10" [25 cm] long, sublaxly several [12] flowered, arcuate to erect inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with triangular-lanceolate, acuminate bracts and fragrant flowers occuring in the spring.

Synonyms *Cryptosanus scriptus Scheidw 1843; Leochilus herbaceus Lindl. 1844; Leiochilus retusus Schltr. 1923; Leochilus major Schltr 1918; Leochilus powellii Schltr. 1922; Leochilus retusus Schltr. 1923; Oncidium herbaceum (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1864; Oncidium scriptum (Scheidw.) Rchb. f. 1863

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Leochilus herbaceus drawing fide; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing good; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 81. Panama Schlechter 1922 as L powellii; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 256. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Leiochilus retusus; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as Leochilus herbaceus drawing hmm; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 as Leochilus herbaceus drawing hmm; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as L herbaceous drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 125 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 799 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide

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