Tolumnia variegata (Sw.) Braem 1986

Side View Of Flower Photo by Milan Vagner

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Floral Close-up Photo courtesy of Dale Borders

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Common Name The Variegated Oncidium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found on the island of Hispanola and Cuba as an equitant, creeping, epiphytic miniature found in dry scrub, woods or fence posts from sealevel to 700 meters with very short, erect stems enveloped by 4 to 10, imbricate, disitichous, fleshy to coriaceous, bilaterally flattened, channeled on the upper side, linear to elliptic-lanceolate, falcate, acute to acuminate, serrulate leaves that blooms on an erect, simple or branched, to 32" [to 80 cm] long, laxly few flowered inflorescence that has lanceolate, acute bracts and has new branches and flowers appearing after the first blooms all occuring in the spring, summer and fall with 1" flowers that are fragrant and long-lasting. I have the best luck mounting these miniature beauties to small branches, giving them medium light and plenty of air circulation.

Synonyms Cymbidium variegatum (Sw.) Sw. 1799; Epidendrum carinatum Vahl 1793; Epidendrum haseltonianum A.D.Hawkes 1957; *Epidendrum variegatum Sw. 1788; Oncidium furcyense Moir 1969; Oncidium variegatum [Sw.]Willd. 1800; Oncidium variegatum f. furcyense (Moir) Withner 1980; Oncidium variegatum f. roseum (Moir & A.D.Hawkes) Withner 1980; Oncidium variegatum f. varvelum (Moir) Withner 1980; Oncidium variegatum var. purpureum Moir & A.D.Hawkes 1968; Oncidium variegatum var. roseum Moir & A.D.Hawkes 1968; Oncidium varvelum Moir 1972; Tolumnia borinquensis Salueda & Ragan 1966

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Oncidium variegatum; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Oncidium variegatum; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Oncidium variegatum drawing good; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as Oncidium variegatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 as Oncidium variegatum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Oncidium variegatum; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 3 1980 photo fideas Oncidium variegatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985 as Oncidium variegatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 10 1992 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 2 1995 photo; An Orchid Flora of Peurto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchidaceae Antillaneae Nir 2000; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 photo; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Laramendi 2005

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