Caucaea hernandezii (Königer) Kolan. 2017 Photo by © Willibald Koniger

Part shadeCold

Common Name Hernandez's Caucaea Ecuadorian Discoverer of Orchid current]

Flower Size .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] wide

Found in Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized [plant] cold growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to narrowly ovate, laterally compressed, ancipitose pseudobulbs enveloped below by a pair af leaf-like sheaths and carrying a single, apical, lanceolate, acute, shortly conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an axillary, erect, racemose, peduncle muchg shorter than the rachis, 20 to 16" [25 to 40 cm] long, to 5 flowered inflorescence carrying mildly fragrant flowers.

Very similar to C univesitas-cuencae but hernandezii differs in the smaller lip, with differently shaped lateral lobes, a longer, obcuneate isthmus, and a callus that shows a large median keel with smaller lateral keels acute in front while C univesitas-cuencae has lateral keels that are distinctly larger than the quite inconspicuous midline keel.

Synonyms *Oncidium hernandezii Königer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Oncidium Vol 3 Koniger 2007 as Oncidium hernandezii drawing/photo fide;