Odontoglossum helgae Königer 1997 SECTION Canaliculatum SERIES Harryanum Dalstrom 2020

Another Angle

Column and lip

Another angle Column and Lip

Photos by © Guido Deburghgraeve

Comparison of flowers within the O Harryanum complex

Photo by © Guido Deburgraeve

Fragrance Part shade Cool Winter THROUGH Spring

Common Name or Meaning Helga's Odontoglossum [Mrs Koniger, German Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador in very humid rain and cloud forests on the easern slpes of the Andes at elevations around 1600 to 1800 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing epiphyte with ovate, laterally compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3, distichous, imbricating, conduplicate, leafless below and leaf-bearing above sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, narrowly lanceolate, acute, conduplicate below into the short, narrow, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a ascending to arching, to 10" [to 25 cm] long, axillary, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with appressed, scale-like, uppermost foliaceous sheaths and carrying the crowded, wide-spreading, fragrant flowers held in the apical half.

Synonyms Oncidium helgae [Koniger] Chase & NH Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 10 1998 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Oncidium Odontoglossum Alliance Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Oncidium helgae; LANKESTERIANA 14(2) 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 as Oncidium gayii photo fide; The Odontoglossum Story Dalstrom, Higgins & Deburghgraeve 2020 photo/drawing fide