Caucaea andigena (Linden & Rchb. f.) N.H. Williams & M.W. Chase 2001

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Andean Caucaea

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at higher elevations around 2200 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with pear-shaped to cylindrical, laterally compressed pseudobulbs, that are enveloped basally by several imbricating, scarious sheaths, carrying, a single, apical, elliptical, acute leaf that is grooved along the midvein dorsally and sharply keeled beneath that blooms in the summer on an axillary, 10 to 14" [25 to 35 cm] long, to 8 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a just developing pseudobulb carrying the flowers more towards the apex.

Synonyms *Oncidium andigenum Linden & Rchb. f. 1869;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzenreich; Orchidaceae-Monandre, Tribus Oncidinae-Odontoglosseae Pars II Kranzl. [1922] 1957 as Oncidium andigenum drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as Oncidium andigenum; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as Oncidium andigenum; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 10 2000 as C andigena; *Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001; Native Orchids of Ecuador Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Oncidium andigenum Caucaea Group photo fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Oncidium Vol 2 Koniger 2005 as Oncidium andigenum drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture; Odontoglossum/Oncidium Bakers 2006 as Oncidium andigenum; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroideae Jimenez & Jimenez 2014 photo fide