Oliveriana brevilabia (C. Schweinf.) Dressler & N.H. Williams 1970 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt and his Orchid Photos Website

Northern Hemispere Colombia Peru

Common Name or Meaning The Short Lipped Oliveriana

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1000 to 2300 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte found low on trees or as a terrestrial with narrowly elliptic-oblong, lightly sulcate, complanate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several pairs of distichous, imbricating sheaths with the lowermost being scarious and the uppermost few being foliaceous, carrying 2 apical, erect, narrowly lanceolate-linear, acute leaves that are attenuate to the conduplicate base that blooms in the spring in cultivation in the northern Hemisphere, Colombia in later summer and fall in Peru on a erect, axillary from the basal foliaceous sheaths, paniculate, 18 to 22" [45 to 55 cm] long, several to many flowered, loosely arranged inflorescence giving rise to non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms *Odontoglossum brevilabium C. Schweinf. 1949

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 137 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 32 1996 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as O sp photo fide

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