Otoglossum axinopterum (Rchb.f.) Garay & Dunst. 1976

Photo by Anreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Angle Photo by Alex Reynolds and the ORCHIDS of MAQUIPUCUNA Website

Common Name The Axe-Like Auricled Column Otoglossum

Flower Size 2 to 2.5" [5 to 6.25 cm]

Found in northern Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations of 500 to 2500 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a scaly rhizome that has 2" [5 cm] between each small, ovate, ancipitous pseudobulb carrying a single, leathery, elliptic-oblong leaf that blooms on a basal, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence

Notice the lip with the extended calli projection and acutely winged lobes which is diagnostic for this species.

Synonyms *Odontoglossum axinopterum Rchb.f. 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Oncidium/Odontoglossum Bakers 2006;

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