!Osmoglossum pulchellum (Bateman ex Lindl.) Schltr. 1916 Photo by Bill Hunter

Another Angle Photo by Diederick Antoni

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

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Common Name The Beautiful Osmoglossum

Flower Size to 1 3/4" [4 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica as a medium sized, cool to cold growing, epiphytic species from montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 2600 meters with clustered, ovoid to ovoid-ellipsoid, compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, imbricate, distichous, membraneous, leaf-bearing sheaths carrying 2 to 3 apical, coriaceous, erect spreading, linear-ligulate , acute, leaves that blooms in the fall and winter with an erect to pendulous, to 4 3/4" to 20" [12 to 50 cm] long, raceme with 3 to 4 scarious bracts and triangular, scarious floral bracts that is shorter than the leaves arising on a mature pseudobulb with 4 to 10, fragrant, non-resupinate, long-lasting flowers.

They require cool to cold temperatures, even watering and fertilizer while in active growth, a fine grade medium and medium shade. This species inflorescence has a tendency to droop if not supported so tie it up to a stake in the medium so the flowers will be better presented.

Synonyms Cuitlauzina pandurata (Garay) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2008; Cuitlauzina pulchella (Bateman ex Lindl.) Dressler & N.H. Williams 2003; Cuitlauzina pandurata (Garay) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams, Lindleyana 21(3): 30 (2008 Odontoglossum pulchellum Bateman ex Lindley 1841; Odontoglossum pulchellum var. dormanianum B.S.Williams 1894; Odontoglossum pulchellum var. egertonii auct. 1916; Osmoglossum panduratum Garay 1978; Osmoglossum pulchellum (Bateman ex Lindl.) Schltr. 1916; Osmoglossum pulchellum f. dormanianum (B.S.Williams) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Odontoglossum pulchellum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Odontoglossum pulchellum drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961 as Odontoglossum pulchellum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Odontoglossum pulchellum photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as Odontoglossum pulchellum drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1067 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 80 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 5 2000 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawin/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide