!Odontoglossum epidendroides Kunth 1816 SECTION Auriculatum SERIES Epidendroides Dalstrom 2020

Photo by Jay Pfahl.

Another Flower

Photo by Patricia Harding.


Common Name The Epidendrum-Like Odontoglossum

Flower Size 2.8" [3.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru on moss covered trees in very wet lower level cloud forests at elevations of 1100 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ovate, laterally complanate, ancipitous pseudobulbs with age becoming rugose and ridged longitudinally and enveloped basally by 6 to 9 distichous, imbricating, lower leafless, upper leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2, apical, elliptic to obovate, acute to acuminate leaves that taper below into a conduplicate petiole-like base and blooms in the late spring and summer on an axillary, arising on a newly matured pseudobulb, from the uppermost sheaths, erect then arching to pendulous, flexuous raceme, may have a few short, basal branches, 8 to 20" [20 to 50 cm] long, loosely 4 to 12 flowered inflorescence with appressed, scale-like, shotrer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying stellate, sometimes sweetly lemon scented flowers.

Synonyms Odontoglossum lacerum Lindl. 1838; Oncidium epidendroides (Kunth) Beer 1854;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0114 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 1233 Bennett & Chriatenson 1993 as O lacerum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 11 1995 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as O lacerum photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing ok; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #3 2016 as Ornithoglossum [sic] epidendroides drawing fide; The Odontoglossum Story Dalstrom, Higgins & Deburghgraeve 2020 photo/drawing fide