Macroclinium confertum Pupulin 1996 Photo by John Varigos and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Inflorescence

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing/Photo by Franco Pupulin

Specimen Plant and Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Fragrance Full shadeCoolSpringand EARLIERSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Compressed Macroclinium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in wet premontane forests at elevations of 1300 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing miniature fan- shaped, equitant epiphyte, with very small, egg-shaped, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped completely by many leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-lanceolate, acute, leaf that is erect basally but curved along the length and longitudinally conduplicate for its entire length carrying numerous pendulous 2 to 3" spikes emerge from between the obliquely spreading, distichous, imbricating leaves on the basal sheaths and are apically, densely packed with spidery 1" blooms, the fragrant [new car] flowers are crystalline rose pink heavily spotted with a darker pink, lip is pink, puts on a massive floral display in spring and earlier summer

CAUTION John Varigos photo above is suspect but Pupulin's photo and drawing are absolutely correct!

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 21 #3 2000 drawing/ photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006;