Trichopilia suavis Lindley & Paxton 1850-1 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Flower CloseUp Photos courtesy of David Jimenez

Fragrance Full shadeWarm to CoolLATE WinterEARLY Spring

Common Name The Soft Trichopilia

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

This medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphytic species occurs from Costa Rica to Colombia in low, mossy woods on large branches and tree trunks between 1000 and 1700 meters in elevation, and is an erect plant that has fairly round, fleshy, compressed psuedobulbs enveloped basally by several, papery, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single apical, broadly elliptic-lanceolate, pointed, coriaceous yet flexible, erect or curved, abruptly narrows below into an elongate conduplicate petiolate base leaf and up to 8" long. They have a basal inflorescence arising on a newly formed pseudobulb that is pendulous or curved, short, with 2-5 longlasting, large, fragrant flowers that occur in the late winter to early spring. Yearly repotting, regular water while in growth and a month long cooler, well ventilated rest insure a healthy blooming plant.

Synonyms Trichopilia kienastiana Rchb.f 1883

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Paxt. Fl. Gard. 1: 44. 1850; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1865; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach as T kienastiana 1893 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as T suavis var alba drawing fide; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 77. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 3 1970 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 9 1970 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 8 1985; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1498 Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 32 1996 photo fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 8 2001 photo; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 1 2003 photo; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 7 2005 photo; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 5 2007 photo; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide;

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