Odontoglossum cirrhosum Lindley 1833 SECTION Canaliculatum SERIES Cirrhosum Dalstrom 2020

Photo by Weyman Bussey.

White Petaled Variety

Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.


Common Name The Wavy Odontoglossum [refers to the tendril-like extensions of the column]

Flower Size to about 4" [to about 10 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane cloud forests at altitudes of 1700 to 2900 meters as a medium sized, cold to cool growing epiphytic species with oblong-ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 3 pairs of distichous, imbricate, foliaceous sheaths carrying 1 to rarely 2, apical, linear-oblong to elliptic-oblong, acute, conduplicate intothe sub[etiolate base leaves that blooms at least in the spring on an axillary, arising through the uppermost sheaths, arising on a mature pseudobulb, erect to arcuate, to 2' [60 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, densely many flowered inflorescence with scale-like, appressed, shorter to a bit longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying irregularily spidery, sweetly scented flowers.

Synonyms Odontoglossum hrubyanum Hort; Oncidium cirrhosum [Lindley] Beer 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 466 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 #10 2007 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 as Oncidium cirrhosum photo fide; The Odontoglossum Story Dalstrom, Higgins & Deburghgraeve 2020 drawing/photo fide