Oestlundia ligulata (La Llave & Lex.) Soto Arenas 2008 Photo by © Jesús Moreno Navarro and his Fotonatura Orchid Photo Website

Part shade Cool ColdLATE Winter through Summer

Common Name The Spoon-Shaped Oestlundia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacan, Mexico, Morelos, Gurrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico at elevations of 1350 to 2100 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ovoid to ovoid-spherical, clustered pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, apical, linear, acute to obtuse leaves and blooms in the late winter through early summer on a simple to few branched, 2 to 12 flowered, 6" [15 cm] long inflorescence with nodding, showy flowers.

This species appreciates mounting on a rough barked branch with cool, very dry winters. Very similar to O luteorosea which has 5 rows of papillae or warty ridges while O ligulata has a wider warty median vein.

Synonyms Encyclia tenuissima (Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf.) Dressler 1961; *Epidendrum ligulatum Lex. 1825; Epidendrum llavei Steud. 1840; Epidendrum tenuissimum Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf. 1934; Oestlundia tenuissima (Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf.) W.E.Higgins 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epdiendrum tenuissimum; The Genus Encyclia in Mexico Dressler & Pollard 1974 as Epidendrum ligulatum excluded species; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Encyclia tennuissima; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 as Encyclia tennuissima photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #3 2002 as O tenuissima; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, the Debateable Epidendrum Withner and Harding 2004 as O tenuissima photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1057 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide