Odontoglossum gloriosum Linden & Rchb. f. 1854 SUBGENUS Erectolobata TYPE

Inflorescence Photos by © Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of © Lourens Grobler


Common Name or Meaning The Glorious Odontoglossum

Flower Size 2.8" [7 cm]

Found in Colombian cloud forests in bright areas of Cundinamarca, Boyaca, Santander and Norte de Santander at elevations around 2000 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with narrowly ovate, laterally complanate, rugose and longitudinally grooved pseudobulbs taper apically to a narrow apex and are peartially enveloped by several pairs of imbricating, distichous, leafless below and leaf-bearing above sheaths and carrying 2, apical, lanceolate, acute, conduplicate below to form a petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, erect, sometimes few branching, many flowered inflorescence with up to 35, strongly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Odontoglossum gloriosum var. flaviflorum Bockemühl 1989; Oncidium gloriosum [Linden & Rchb.f] Chase & NH Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 photo; 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 gloriosum