Mediocalcar decoratum Schuit. 1989

Photo by Joseph Dougherty.

Another Clone

Photo by Jim Sundstrom.


Common Name The Charming Mediocalcar

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

A mini-miniature, mat-forming, warm to cold growing epiphytic species from Papua and New Guinea and West Irian at elevations of 900 to 2500 meters in transitional montane forests in moist and shady locations that has cylindrical to almost clavate pseudobulbs with 3 to 4 fleshy, linear-narrowly elliptic, subacute to obtuse, shortly petiolate leaves at the apex all in one plane like the blades of a helicopter and blooms with a very short, apical inflorescence on a new pseudobulb growth with a solitary bell shaped, long-lasting, candy-corn like flower occurring mostly in the fall, winter and spring.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 11 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 4 2005 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol IV Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #2 2013 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #12 2012 photo fide;Orchid Digest Vol 80 #1 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 1 2017 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #3 2019 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 6 2019 photo fide;