Odontoglossum nobile Rchb. f. 1849 SUBGENUS Odontoglossum Photo By © Jay Pfahl

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Neil Shirley

LATER EARLY

Common Name The Grand Odontoglossum

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.5 cm]

Found in Boyaca, Santander and Norte de Santander Colombia in cloudforests at elevations of 2000 to 2400 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with ovoid, brown speckled, laterally compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3 leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2 apical, ligulate, acute, conduplicate below into the narrow, fairly long petiole-like base leaves that blooms on an erect or arching, occasionally branching, to 2' [60 cm] long, many [10 to 100] flowered inflorescence carrying faintly fragrant, variable colored, orbicular appearing flowers occuring in the later spring and early summer.

Synonyms Odontoglossum nobile var. leucoxanthum (Rchb.f.) Bockemühl 1987; Odontoglossum nobile var. veitchianum (Rchb.f.) Bockemühl 1987; Odontoglossum pescatorei Linden ex Lindl. 1852-3; Odontoglossum pescatorei var. leucoxanthum Rchb.f. in ?; Oncidium pescatorii Beer 1854; Oncidium nobile [Rchb.f] Chase & NH Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as O pescatorei; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as O pescatorei; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as O nobile var leucoxanthum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Odontoglossum pescatorei drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Colombian Native Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 9 1996 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 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 nobile

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