!Palumbina candida [Lindley]Rchb.f 1863

TYPE for the genus

Photo by Jeff Stuart


Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.


Common Name The White Palumbina

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm]

Found in Guatemala and Mexico on trees at altitudes of 1600 to 2100 meters in pine-oak cloud forest and mountain rain forest as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an oblong-ellipsoid to oblong-obovoid, strongly compressed pseudobulb subtended by several, scarious sheaths carrying a single, apical, linear-elliptic, acute leaf with a prominent mid vein that blooms in the spring on a basal, 1 1/2' [45cm] long, erect, racemose, few [2 to 5] flowered inflorescence with 2 tubular bracts and a single ovate-triangular floral bract carrying fragrant, showy flowers arising on a mature pseudobulb as the new growth arises and has minute, triangular bracts.

Best grown in a pot with moderate shade and humidity and even year round watering, though less after the pseudobulb has matured.

Synonyms Cuitlauzina candida (Lindl.) Dressler & N.H.Williams 2003; *Oncidium candidum Lindley 1843

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Oncidium candidum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 82 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Cuitzlauzina candida; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 #4 2009 as Cuitzlanzina candida photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #7 2016 as Cuitlauzina candida photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide