Ornithocephalus cochleariformis C. Schweinf. 1937

Photo by Orchid Blog

Flower Closeup Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation At the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower Photo by Mauro Rosim of Brazil

Part sun Warm WinterSpring

Common Name The Shell-Shaped Lip Ornithocephalus

Flower Size 1/4" [6mm]

An epiphyte that occurs from Panama and Colombia at altitudes of 600 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm growing epiphyte with a fan of narrowly elloiptic-oblong to broadly ensiform, acute to obliquely acute, articulate below into the oblong, persistent, conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the in the winter and spring on an erect, 4 1/2" [12 cm] long, racemose few to several flowered inflorescence.

This epiphytic species is best mounted on cork, tree fern or wood, given shady, humid conditions with even, year round waterings.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; S Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 7 1960 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 4 1994 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 30 Schlechter/Brieger 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing hmm;

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