Osmoglossum convallarioides Schltr. 1923 Photo by © Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

inflorescence Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

FragrancePart sun Cool to Warm WinterSpring

Common Name The Lily of The Valley-Like Osmoglossum - In Costa Rica - Lirio Del Valle

Flower Size 1/4" [6 cm]

Found from Guatemala south to Costa Rica at elevations of 1475 to 2700 meters on the Pacific side in premontane and lower montane cloud forests on tree trunks as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte with elliptic-ovoid, sulcate, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 or more, soon deciduous, imbricating, lower most leafless, upper most leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2, apical, coriaceous, flexuous, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, acute, conduplicate towards the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a lateral, racemose, 10 to 12" [25 to 30 cm] long inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb carrying small, non-resupinate, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Cuitlauzina convallarioides (Schltr.) Dressler & N.H.Williams 2003; Odontoglossum convallarioides [Schlechter] Ames & Correll 1943;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 148. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Odontoglossum convallarioides; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 11 1964 as Oddontoglossum convallariodes; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Odontoglossum convallarioides; ORQUIDEA (Méx . ) 8(2) MARZO 1982 drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1475 Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing fide/photo not = O egertoniifide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 as Cuitlauzina convallarioides; photo fide