Oncidium blanchetii Rchb. f. 1849 SECTION Synsepala Photo by Americo Docha Neto and Orchidstudium

Flower Closeup Photo by Lourens Grobler

Part shade Cool Spring THROUGHSummer

Common Name Blanchet's Oncidium [French Plant Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the cool mountains, hot and humid lowlands and inland savannahs of eastern and southeastern Brazil as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte that occurs at elevations of 800 to 2000 meters with clustered, erect, oblong or narrowly ovoid-oblong, compressed, smooth and then sulcate with age pseudobulbs carrying 3 apical, erect, rigid, coriaceous, narrowly linear-ligulate, acute leaves and blooms in the spring through summer on an erect, 2' to 5'4"" [60 to 160 cm] long, robust, paniculate, many flowered inflorescence that is longer than the leaves and has concave, lanceolate bracts.

The O batemannianum complex includes O blanchettii, O caldense, O paranapiacabense; O pontagrossense and newer references refer them all as synonyms of a very variable O batemannianum. I have left them and their synonyms separate for now.

SynonymsAmpliglossum blanchetii (Rchb.f.) Campacci 2006; Coppensia blanchetii (Rchb.f.) Campacci 2006; Gomesa blanchetii (Rchb.f.) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2009

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 6 1978 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 7 1995 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995 as Ionopsis blanchettii; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 8 2007 photo as Coppensia blanchetiiOncidium Vol 3 Koniger 2007; Orchids of Brazil Vol 1 Oncidinae Baptista, Harding & Neto 2011 as Coppensia ramosa photo fide