Lophiaris margalefii (Hágsater) Braem 1993 Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

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Common Name Margalefi's Lophiaris [Mexican Orchid Enthusiast late 1900's]

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4.5 cm]

This is a Mexican, small sized, warm to cool growing, epiphytic, mule-eared species found in pine-oak and mountain rain forest at elevations of 1900 to 2100 meters on the southern Pacific coast with subcylindric, fairly small pseudobulbs subtended by several triangular, purple at the apex sheaths with a single, apical, oblong elliptic, coriaceous, succulent, acute leaf that blooms on a basal, 12 to 16" [30 to 40 cm] long, several [6 to 15] flowered, racemose inflorescence witha few scarious bracts and a ovate to triangular floral bracts arising on a mature pseudobulb and having showy flowers occuring in the late fall and winter.

Synonyms ; Oncidium margalefii Hágsater 1974; Trichocentrum margalefii (Hágsater) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 75 Hagsate & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; *Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 1/2 1993; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 drawing good; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001 as Trichocentrum margalefii; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 as Trichocentrum margalefii

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