Odontoglossum luteopurpureum Lindl. 1846 SUBGENUS Odontoglossum Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

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Inflorescence Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name or Meaning The Yellow-Purple Odontoglossum

Flower Size 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm]

Found in Andean Colombia at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters in wet, cold cloud forests as a large sized, cold growing epiphyte with robust, oval, compressed pseduobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3 basal leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 2 apical, rather rigid, ensiform, acute to acuminate leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect to lateral, many flowered, to 3 1/2' [105 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from the leaf sheaths of a mature pseudobulb and carrying up to 12, large, waxy, faintly fragrant, highly color-variable flowers.

Synonyms Odontoglossum hystrix Bateman 1864; Odontoglossum radiatum Rchb.f. 1865; Oncidium luteopurpureum (Lindl.) Beer 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as O radiosum drawing good; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchdis Hawkes 1967; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 11 1996 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 photo fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 photo

Odontoglossum luteopurpureum Lindl. 1846 var aureum Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

A yellow color form of the previous species.