Oeceoclades calcarata (Schltr.) Garay & P.Taylor 1976

Photo courtesy of Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

LATE THROUGH

Common Name The Spurred Oeceoclades - In Madagascar - Bekapiaky

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in western Madagascar in dry moss and lichen forest with sandy or rocky soils at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial with green, conical, 5-angled, bare pseudobulbs carrying 5 to 9, widely linear, thick, coriaceous, very unequally bilobed apically, dark green with white mottled leaves that blooms in the late spring and fall on an axillary, peduncle provided with 7 to 8 short, appressed basal sheaths, longer and more distant above, bicomposite, 3' to 3.5' [1.2 m to 1.5 m] long, loose, 20 to 40 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts .

Synonyms *Cymbidium calcaratum Schltr. 1913; Eulophia calcarata (Schltr.) Schltr. 1925; Eulophia paniculata Rolfe 1905; Eulophidium paniculatum (Rolfe) Summerh. 1957; Lissochilus paniculatus (Rolfe) H.Perrier 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Lissochilus paniculatus; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide

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