Oncidium bracteatum Warsz. & Rchb. f. 1852 SECTION Sphacelatum

Flowers Front and SidePhotos by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Part shade Cool to ColdSpringand Summer

Common Name The Bracted Oncidium

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in woods and pastures on tree trunks at elevations of 1000 to 2400 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, almost linear in profile, brown, laterally compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several distichous, imbricating leafless below and leaf-bearing above sheaths and carry 1 to 2 strap shaped, obtuse, leathery, conduplicate below into the elongate, slender petiolate base that blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, erect to arching, to 39" [to 100 cm] long, racemose when young inflorescence that with age becomes a short, branched panicle with several, elongate, obvious, acute, pale brown bracts and carrying many flowers with only 2 to 3 for each branch

Synonyms Oncidium henrici-gustavi Kraenzl. 1922; Oncidium paleatum Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Oncidium henricigustavi; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 257. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 260. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as O paleatum; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1059 Dodson 1984 as Oncidium paleatum drawing ok; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Oncidium Vol 1 Koniger 2004; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 NO 8 2007 photo

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