Otoglossum chiriquense (Veitch) Garay & Dunst. 1976 Photo by Pupulin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

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Common Name The Chirique Otoglossum [Panama Volcano]

Flower Size to 2 1/2" [ to 6 cm]

A medium sized, cold to warm growing terrestrial or epiphytic orchid from the wet, cool forests of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador where it is found on clay banks covered with leaf liter or on shrubs and trees in wet montane forests at altitudes of 800 to 3000 meters that has an oblong-ovate pseudobulb concealed by foliaceous bracts that carries 2 apical, subcoriaceous, elliptic-ovate leaves that are rounded at the end, which blooms in the spring through fall on a elongate, 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, stout, erect, racemose, densely several flowered inflorescence that is shorter or just as long as the leaves, arising on a maturing pseudobulb.

Synonyms Odontoglossum brachypterum Rchb. f. 1876; Odontoglossum candelabrum (Linden) Hort. Linden ex Veitch 1886; *Odontoglossum chiriquense Rchb. f. 1852; Odontoglossum coronarium var. chiriquense [Rchb.f]Veitch 1886; Odontoglossum coronarium var. miniatum Veitch 1886; Odontoglossum miniatum hort. ex Veitch 1886; Odontoglossum X brachypterum Rchb. f. 1876; Oncidium candelabrum Linden 1851; Otoglossum brachypterum (Rchb. f.) Garay & Dunst.1976; Otoglossum brevifolium (Lindl.) Garay & Dunst. 1976;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Bot. Zeit. (Berlin) 10: 692. 1852 as Odontoglossum chiriquense; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 146. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Odontoglossum chiriquiense; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Odontoglossum chiriquense; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Odontoglossum chiriquense; *Venezuelan Orchid Illustrated. 6. 41. 1976 Dunsterville and Garay 1976; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Dunsterville and Garay 1979; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 3 COS 1991 photo ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1573 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 544 Bennett & Christenson 1998; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008 drawing;

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