Oliveriana ortizii A.Fernández 1969 Photo by Jay Pfahl ©

Plant and Flower

Side View of Lip and column

Stigma and Column Photos by © Luis Eduardo Alvarez

part sunCold Spring

Common Name Ortiz' Oliveriana [Colombian Preist, Educator and Orchid Enthusiast and Personal Friend Died 2012]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia on the eastern cordillera in the Department of Boyaca and Santander in lower cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with narrowly oval, laterally flattened, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, disitchous, imbricating, conduplicate leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, somewhat leathery, erect, oblong, acute apically, narrowing gradually below into the conduplicate, short, narrow, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a to 4" [10 cm] long, erect, axillary, 4 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 32 1977 - 2056 Brieger 1996 ; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006;