Odontoglossum dracoceps Dalström 1999 SECTION Lobulatum SERIES Astranthumm

Photo by Guido Deburghgraeve ©

Common Name The Dragon-Like Odontoglossum [refers to the appearance of the column and calli]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Puno department of Peru and Cochabamba department of Bolivia in wet cloud forests at elevations of 2100 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with caespitose, ovoid to pyriform, slightly compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 5 to 7 distichous, uppermost foliaceous sheaths and carrying 2 apical, erect, conduplicate, narrowly elliptic to oblong-obovate, acute, subpetiolate below leaves that blooms in the fall on an axillary, from the base of the uppermost sheaths, suberect to subpendent, [25 to 60 cm] long, racemose first with larger flowers and then a second blooming on a with smaller flowers on a widely branched panicle, possibly unique for the genus, loosely few to many flowered inflorescence with appressed, scale-like, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying stellate flowers.

Synonyms Collare-stuartense dracoceps (Dalström) Senghas 2000; Oncidium dracoceps [Dalstrom] Chase & NH Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001 as Collare-Stuartense dracoceps; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Oncidium dracoceps; The Odontoglossum Story Dalstrom, Higgins & Deburghgraeve 2020 drawing/phto fide