Lophiaris nana (Lindl.) Braem 1993 SECTION Plurituberculata Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

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Common Name The Dwarf Lophiaris

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

A small sized, hot to warm growing, mule ear epiphyte from Venezuela, Brazil, the Guineas, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru in wet montane forest, most often on citrus and avocado trees at elevations of sealevel to 1400 meters that has elliptic, elliptic oblong, or oblanceolate, cuneate or tapered to the narrow base, acute, thick, leathery, purple speckled, dull green leaves and blooms with a basal, short to 4" [10 cm], arcuate to suberect, few to many, successively flowered, racemose, clustered panicle with longlasting flowers that is shorter or just longer than the leaves arising on a mature growth and occuring in the spring through fall.

Synonyms Oncidium nanum Lindl. 1842 ; Oncidium patulum Schltr. 1914; Oncidium thyrsiflorum Barb.Rodr 1881; Trichocentrum nanum (Lindl.) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Oncidium nanum drawing good; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Oncidium thyrsiflorum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as Oncidum nanum drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Oncidium nanum; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 as Oncidium nanum drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 569 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 1 1984 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0135 Dodson & Bennett 1989 Oncidium nanum drawing fide; *Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 1/2 1993; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 144 Bennett & Christenson 1993 as Oncidium nanum drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Supplemental Plate Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 as Oncidium nanum photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001 as Trichocentrum nanum; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 as Trichocentrum nanum; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Oncidium nanum drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as Trichocentrum nanum drawing ok; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 as Oncidium nanum; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide as Trichocentrum nanum; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;

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