Tolumnia velutina (Lindl. ex Paxton) Braem 1986 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens

Flower CloseupPhoto courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders


Common Name The Velvety Tolumnia

Found in Cuba and Hispanola as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphytic fan shaped species that blooms on an erect, wiry, racemose to paniculate inflorescence with a few flowers.

MAny sources cite this species as a synonym of T variegata but I have left them separate for now.

Synonyms Oncidium variegatum f. purpureum (Moir) Withner 1980; Oncidium variegatum var velutinum Greiseb. 1866; *Oncidium velutinum Lindl. ex Paxton 1851; Oncidium velutinum var. purpureum Moir 1972

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Oncidium velutinum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Oncidium velutinum drawing good; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Oncidium velutinum drawing good; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 3 1980 as Oncidium velutinum & O variegatum subsp velutinum; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 2 1995; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #2 2009 photo fide