Rhynchostele hortensiae (Lucas Rodr.) Soto Arenas & Salazar 1993 Photo courtesy of Daniel Jimenez

Part shadeCoolSpring

Common Name The Garden Rhynchostele

Flower Size 4" + [10 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in open areas of wet, mixed, windy cloud forests in bright light at elevations around 1700 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with elliptic to ovate, bright green, strongly latereally compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few, scarious leafless below and leaf-bearing above sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ellitpic, acute, bright green, keeled, conduplicate below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, basal, 10 to 24" [25 to 60 cm] long, slightly compressed, 3 to 5 flowered, racemose inflorescence with 3 to 5, distichous, conduplicate, oblong-lanceolate, keeled bracts placed at intervals all along the length.

Synonyms Cymbiglossum hortensiae (Lucas Rodr.) Halb. 1983; Lemboglossum hortensiae (Lucas Rodr.) Halb. 1984; *Odontoglossum hortensiae Lucas Rodr. 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1541 Mora & Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 2 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 3 2006 drawing/photo; Orchid Species Culture Oncidium/Odontoglossum Alliance Bakers 2006

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