Odontoglossum cristatum Lindl. 1844 SUBGENUS Odontoglossum

Amazing Lip Detail Photos by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Comb-Like Odontoglossum

Flower Size about 2" [about 5 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in montane cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2600 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or occaisional terrestrial on steep embankments with an ovoid-elliptic, flattened, ancipitous pseudobulb subtended by several, imbricate sheaths with the uppermost being leaf-bearing and carrying 2 apical, narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing into the conduplicate petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a 2' [60 cm] long, gracefully arching, often branched, many flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb.

Synonyms Oncidium cristatum Beer 1854; Odontoglossum cristatum var. lehmannii Regel 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 4 1962 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 950 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 7 1996 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006;