Odontoglossum alvarezii P.Ortiz 2001="orphotdir/odontalvarezii.jpg"> TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo by Luis Eduardo Alvarez/Original Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

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Common Name Alvarez's Odontoglossum [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast and my personal friend current]

Flower Size 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera ortiental in cloud forests at elevations of 2800 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with ovate-acuminate, slightly flattened laterally pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2, opposite leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, apical, narrowly lanceolate-acuminate leavs that blooms in the late fall and winter on an axillary, from the foliar sheath, erct to somewhat arcuate, straight, to 8" [20 cm] long,provided with 2 bracts, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence.

Closely related to the Ecuadorian and Peruvian species O tenue but O alvarezii is a larger plant, a much longer inflorescence, different colored sepals and petals, a clearly different lip and the anther is different.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 22 #1 Luer & Escobar 2001 drawing/photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Oncidium alvarezii

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