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Common Name Versteeg's Psychopsis [Dutch Orchid Collector - Surinam]

Flower Size 3" [8 cm]

A caespitose, medium sized, hot to warm growing, epiphytic species found in Surinam, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 200-1200 meters that is an epiphyte from the tops of tall trees in wet montane forests with broadly ovate, complante, sulcate pseudobulbs subtended by several lanceolate, scarious sheaths with a single, apical, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, acute leaf with a very short conduplicate petiole and blooms from late winter and spring on a 26 to 44" [65 to 110 cm] long, flexuous, erect, basal, inflorescence subtended by a tubular scarious bract and arising on a mature pseudobulb and holding the 3 to 5 single successive flowers well above the leaf with lateral branches that can appear after the intial blooming which is 3 to 5 flowers borne singley and opening in succession.

Synonyms*Oncidium versteegianum Pulle 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Oncidium versteegianum; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 9 1982 as Oncidum versteegianum; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 172 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 57 Vol 3 1993 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 7 1998 photo; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Native Ecuadorian Orchid Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 NO 8 2007 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 1 2009 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Orchids of Brazil Vol 1 Oncidinae Baptista, Harding & Neto 2011 photo fide

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