Odontoglossum aspidorhinum F. Lehm. 1895 SUBGENUS Erectolobata Photo by Guido Deburghgraeve

Aff. aspidorhinum? Anyone? Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo by Weyman Bussey, plant courtesy of Jim Hamilton of Petite Plaisance Orchids

Flower Closeup Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name Shield-Leather Odontoglossum

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Antioquia and Cauca departments of Colombia in bright areas of cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ovate, tapering to the apex, laterally compressed, ancipitous, longitudinally grooved pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 3 to 4 distichous, imbricating, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2 erect, apical, narrowly linear to strap-shaped, acute, conduplicate below to form a long, narrow, petiole-like base leaves that blooms in the summer, fall and winter on an axillary, 8" [20 cm] long, erect, several [9 to 15] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb carrying widely spaced flowers in the upper half.

Synonyms Oncidium aspidorhinum [F. Lehm.] Chase & NH Wms 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Oncidium aspidorhinum