Odontoglossum cristatum Lindl. 1844 SECTION Auriculatum SERIES Cristatum Dalstrom 2020

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Common Name The Comb-Like Odontoglossum

Flower Size about 2" [about 5 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in montane cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2600 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or occasional terrestrial on steep embankments with an ovoid-elliptic, flattened, ancipitous pseudobulb subtended by 4 to 8, imbricate, uppermost foliaceous sheaths and carrying 2 apical, narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing into the conduplicate petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an arching to subpendent; arising on a mature pseudobulb, 6 to 30" [15 to 75 cm] long, often branched, 5 to 24 flowered inflorescence with appressed, scale-like, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying stellate flowers with recurved apices.

Synonyms Oncidium cristatum [Lindley] Beer 1854; Odontoglossum cristatum var. lehmannii Regel 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 4 1962 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 950 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 7 1996 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Lankesteriana 12[3]: 155-160 Dalstrom 2012 drawing/photo fide; The Odontoglossum Story Dalstrom, Higgins & Deburghgraeve 2020 drawing/photo fide