!Trichocentrum pulchrum Poepp. & Endl. 1836 SECTION Trichocentrum Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Better Lip Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Plant and Flowers Photo by Marni Turkel and Her Stony Point Website


Common Name The Beautiful Trichocentrum

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm]

Found from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil as a dwarf epiphyte of wet montane forests at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters with fleshy, rigid, linear-oblong to oblong-elliptic, subacute, leaves where it blooms in the summer and fall on a short, pendant or horizontal scape to 1 4/5" [4.5 cm] long , single, occasionally 2 flowered and shorter than the leaves.

This species is part of the T pulchrum group which includes T longicalcaratum, T obcordilabium, T viridulum and T loyalicum but differs in the spur 1.5 times as long as the blade of the lip, keels of the lip are divergent at the apex and the column wings are 3mm long.

Synonyms Lophiaris maculata f. flavovirens (P.M.Br.) P.M.Br. 2000; Oncidium undulatum f. flavovirens P.M.Br. 1995; Orchis punctata Ruiz & Pav. ex Pupulin 1795; Trichocentrum maculatum Lindl. 1846; Trichocentrum maculatum f. flavovirens (P.M.Br.) P.M.Br. 2001; Trichocentrum speciosum Schlim ex Pupulin 1995; Trichocentrum verruciferum Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as T maculatum; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as T maculatum; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as T pulchrum; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 5 1982 photo as T cornucopiae actually T pulchrum; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Venezuela; Die Orchideen lieferung 31 Schlechter/Brieger 1995 photo good; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 3 2000 photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 3 2001 as T maculatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 6 2002 drawing ; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 as T sp photo ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchideologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide