Trichocentrum tigrinum Linden & Rchb.f 1869 SECTION Saccatae Senghas Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

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Common Name The Tiger-Like Trichocentrum

Flower Size 1.6 to 2 1/4" [4 to 6 cm]

A warm to hot growing, miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte, from Ecuador and northern Peru in seasonally dry forests on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations of sea level to 700 meters, with elliptic, obtuse, stiffly coriaceous, gradually narrows below into the conduplicate base leaves with a basal, tubular, scarious bract that requires a wet spring and dryer winter rest to set the buds, occuring in the spring and summer on a short to 3" [7.5 cm] long, lateral, laxly pendant, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with acute, lanceolate bracts and carrying fragrant flowers. It also likes to have bright light if not some direct sun.

Synonyms Trichocentrum tigrinum var. splendens Linden & Barb. Rodr. 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 1 1959 drawing as T tiginum var splendens; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 3 1963 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 343 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 5 1982 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 11 1986 drawing; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 391 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 31 Schlechter/Brieger 1995 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 3 2000; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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