!Caucaea radiata (Lindl.) Mansf. 1934

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Another Inflorescence

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Another Color variation

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Common Name The Ray Shaped Caucaea

Flower Size .5" [1.3 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2850 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with green, egg-shaped, compressed, soft pseudobulbs with fine wrinkles and grooves carrying a single, apical, soft, finely grooved midvein above and keeled below leaf that blooms in the fall, spring and early summer on a basal, 8" [20 cm] long, to 10 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb.

Synonyms *Abola radiata Lindley 1853; Caucaea obscura (F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1920; Gomesa erectiflora A.D.Hawkes 1950; Leochilus lehmannianus Kraenzl. 1922; Leochilus radiatus (Lindl.) Kraenzl. 1922; Mesospinidium radiatum (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1864 ; Oncidium leochiloides Foldats 1969; Oncidium radiatum (Lindl.) Rchb. f. ex Foldats 1970; Rodriguezia obscura F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899

References Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Abola radiata; Orchidaenfloren Kordillerenstaaten 2: Colombia Schlechter 1920 as Abola radiata; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as C obscura; Das Pflanzenreich; Orchidaceae-Monandre, Tribus Oncidinae-Odontoglosseae Pars II Kranzl. [1922] 1957 as Oncidium nadiatum and Oncidium radiatum; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Leochilus lehmannianus; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as leochilus radiatus; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 as Oncidium leochiloides, O nadiatum and O radiatum drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchdis Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 drawing fide; ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira' Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture Oncidium/Odontoglossum Bakers 2006; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008 photo fide; Orquideología Vol 26 #2 2009 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Part 2 Pridgeon, Chase, Cribb & Rasmusen 2009 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010 photo fide;