Odontoglossum spectatissimum Lindl. 1852 SECTION Auriculatum SERIES Epidendroides Dalstrom 2020

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Another Flower Form

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Common Name The Spectacular Odontoglossum

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in western Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in dense upper montane cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 3200 as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ovoid, laterally compressed, ancipitous, longitudinally rugose with age pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by 2 pairs of distichous, imbricating leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2, apical, petiolate, linear or ligulate, acute leaves that blooms in the spring on an arching, arising on a mature pseudobulb, racemose or rarely paniculate, to many [to 15] flowered inflorescence with small, ovate-cucullate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying large fragrant, stellate flowers.

Synonyms Odontoglossum spectatissimum var. cinctum (Rchb.f.) Bockemühl 1989; Odontoglossum triumphans Rchb. f. & Warsz. 1854; Odontoglossum triumphans var. cinctum Rchb.f. in ?; Oncidium spectatissimum [Lindl.] Chase & NH Wms. 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as O triumphans; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as O triumphans; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Odontoglossum triumphans; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Odontoglossum triumphans drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as O triumphans; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 as O triumphans drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8 as O triumphans; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 967 Dodson 1984 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela Dunsterville 1987 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 11 1995 photo fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 24 #2 2006 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 as Oncidium spectatissimum; Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #7 2010 drawing fide; The Odontoglossum Story Dalstrom, Higgins & Deburghgraeve 2020 photo/drawing fide