Odontoglossum cruentum Rchb. f. 1870 SECTION Auriculatum SERIES Cruentum Dalstrom 2020

Photo by Eric Hunt


Common Name The Blood-Red Odontoglossum

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 1800 to 2550 meters as a small sized, caespitose, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ellipsoid, complanate, lightly sulcate pseudobulbs with the base enveloped by several pairs of distichous, imbricating sheaths with the uppermost bearing leaves which are oblong-oblanceolate, shortly attenuate to conduplicate, petiolate, abruptly acuminate leaves with 2 being apical to the pseudobulb that blooms in the spring on an axillary, arising on a mature pseudobulb, basally erect but with the flowers weight at the end it is pendant to horizontal, 6 to 7" [15 to 18 cm] long, shorter than the leaves, several [6 to 8] flowered inflorescence with appressed, scale-like, shorter thant he ovary floral bracts and carrying stellate to flowers with the tepals reflexed.

Synonyms Odontoglossum hrubyanum Rchb. f. 1888; Oncidium cruentoides Chase & NH Wms. 2008; Oncidium hrubyatoides Chase & NH Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1873 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 951 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 129 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 1 1996 photo good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Oncidium cruentoides; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Oncidium hrubyatoides; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; The Odontoglossum Story Dalstrom, Higgins & Deburghgraeve 2020 drawing/photo fide