Odontoglossum cristatellum Rchb.f. 1878 SUBGENUS Odontoglossum Photo by © Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Another Flower Photo © by Jay Pfahl

Side View Of Flower Photos © courtesy of Erica Moròn de Abad and her Orchid Page

Common Name The Golden Oncidium

Flower Size 1.25" [3 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests on roadbanks and steep slopes at elevations around 2500 to 2950 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with ovate, laterally compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs basally partially enveloped by several variable sized, disitchous, imbricating, lower leafless and upper leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2, apical, broadly lanceolate, acute, tapering below into an elongate conduplicate, narrow, petiole-like base leaves that blooms on a basal, to 8" [to 20 cm] long, erect, arching, many flowered racemose inflorescence that may have a 1 to 2, short basal branches and arises from the axil of an upper leaf bearing sheath and carry many [25] showy, star-shaped, fragrant flowers that can arise in situ at any time of the year.

Synonyms Odontoglossum cristatellum f. argus (Rchb.f.) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Odontoglossum cristatellum f. canaria (Rchb.f.) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Odontoglossum cristatellum f. dayanum (Rchb.f.) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Odontoglossum cristatellum subsp. lehmannii (Rchb.f.) Bockemühl 1989; Odontoglossum cristatellum var. argus (Rchb.f.) Bockemühl 1989; Odontoglossum cristatellum var. canaria (Rchb.f.) Bockemühl 1989; Odontoglossum cristatellum var. dayanum (Rchb.f.) Bockemühl 1989 ; Odontoglossum cristatellum var. lehmannii (Rchb.f.) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Odontoglossum cristatum var. argus Rchb.f.1868; Odontoglossum cristatum var. canaria Rchb.f. 1868; Odontoglossum cristatum var. cristatellum (Rchb.f.) H.J.Veitc 1887; Odontoglossum lehmannii Rchb.f.1878; Oncidium lehmanni [Rchb.f] Chase & NH Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as O lehmanni; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as O cristatum var cristatellum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as O cristatum var argus drawing good; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:107 Schlechter 1924; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 4 1962 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 949 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 3 1996 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 7 1996 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 photo hmm; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture, Oncidium Bakers 2006; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Oncidium lehmannii; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide

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