Leochilus scriptus (Scheidw.) Rchb. f. 1854

Photo by Eduardo Perez Garcia and Asociacion Mexicanos de Orquideas Homepage


Common Name The Written Leochilus

Flower Size .4" [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 in dense clumps on twigs or branches in open pine forests, citrus groves or coffee plantations at elevations of sea level to 1100 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte 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 in the spring 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 carringfragrant flowers.

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 Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 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; Systematic Botany Monographs Leochilus Vol 14 Chase 1986 drawing fide; 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; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001; 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #8 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;