Oncidium anthocrene Rchb. f. 1877 SECTION Planilabre

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Lip Detail

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo by Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

Common Name The Flower Spring Oncidium [refers to the allusion of the inflorescence to a waterfall]

Flower Size 1.5 to 2.5" [3.8 to 6.4 cm]

Found from Panama, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 100 to 1000 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or sometimes terrestrial orchid with ovate, ribbed, laterally compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2 apical, linear-lanceolate, conduplicate below into the base leaves and blooms in the winter and spring on an erect to arching, 24" to 48" [60 to 120 cm] long raceme with several short basal branches of 2 to 3 flowers each of several to many, showy, waxy, very fragrant flowers on the rest.

Synonyms Cyrtochilum anthocrene Kraenzl. 1917; Oncidium powellii Schlechter 1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1917 as Cyrtochilum anthocrene; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 86. Panama Schlechter 1922 as O powellii; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as O powellii drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958 as O powellii; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #6 1964 as O powellii photo ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as Cyrtochilum anthocrene photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 8 2000 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 as O powellii; Oncidium Vol 2 Koniger 2005 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006 as Cyrtochilum anthocrene; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002