Sigmatostalix papilio Königer & R.Escobar 1996

Front View

Another View Photos by © Jay Pfahl.

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Common Name The Butterfly Sigmatostalix

Flower Size

Found in Colombia as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with very narrowly egg-shaped, strongly compressed pseudobulbs that are partially enveloped basally by several distichous, imbricating, conduplicate leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying apically two arching to spreading, thin, leathery, oblong-lanceolate, acute apically and conduplicate below to form a rather short, narrrow petiole-like stem leaves with one being distinctly smaller than the other which blooms in the spring on a few flowered, arching to drooping to 9" [to 22.5 cm] long, many successively flowered inflorescence arising from the axil of the basal sheath of a recently matured pseudobulb with about to 6 flowers open at any one time.

Synonyms Oncidium papilioides Chase & NH Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Oncidium/Odontoglossum Alliance Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Oncidium papilioides

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