!Nidema ottonis (Rchb. f.) Britton & Millsp. 1920

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Common Name The Ottonis Nidema [Garden In Berlin]

Flower Size 1/8" [5mm]

Found from Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia as a small sized, hot to warm growing, small creeping, unifoliate epiphyte in wet, tropical forests at elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters with a branching rhizome enveloped by distchous, evanescent bracts with distant, ellipsoid, lightly compressed pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few scarious, evanescent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, condulicate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms with fragrant flowers in the spring with a terminal, erect, 1.6" [4 cm] long, fractiflex, laxly few flowered, racemose inflorescence with scarious, brown bracts, that is shorter than the leaves and arises from the apex of a newly emerging pseudobulb.

This species is the type of the genus.

Synonyms Encyclia ottonis (Rchb. f.) Pabst 1972; *Epidendrum ottonis Rchb. f. 1858; Nidema boothii var australis Schlechter 1923; Nidema ottonis var. triandrum Schltr. 1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Epidendrum ottonis; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 as Epidendrum ottonis drawing fide; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 71 Schlechter 1919 as Epidendrum ottonis; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum ottonis; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Epidendrum ottonis; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as Eopidendrum ottonis; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959 as Epidendrum ottonis; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960 as Epidendrum ottonis; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as Epidendrum ottonis drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as Epidendrum ottonis drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Epidendrum ottonis drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 885 Dodson 1983 drawing ok ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0112 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 drawing/fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 328 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004 drawing fide; ; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo seems to be N boothii; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide