Oncidium cariniferum (Rchb. f.) Beer 1854

Photo by © Eric Hunt

Another flower Angle

Photo by Patricia Harding

Part shade Cool to Cold Spring Fall to Winter

Common Name The Keeled Oncidium

Flower Size about 2" [about 5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela? at elevations of 1000 to 2400 meters on larger branches in lower montane forest as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with sulcate, ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs subtended by foliaceous bracts with 2 apical, coriaceous, elliptic-lanceolate, conduplicate at the base leaves that blooms in the spring, fall and winter on a erect or arching, 4' [120 cm] long, branched, many flowered, paniculate, fractiflex inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with narrowly ovate-triangular, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Collare-stuartense cariniferum (Rchb.f.) Senghas & Bockemühl 1997; Miltonioides carinifera (Rchb.f.) Senghas & Luckel. 1997; *Odontoglossum cariniferum Rchb. f. 1852; Odontoglossum hastilabium var. fuscatum Hook 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Epidendra Website; Bot. Zeitung. Berlin 10(37): 638. 1852 as Odonglossum cariniferum; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Odontoglossum cariniferum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Odontoglossum cariniferum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Odontoglossum cariniferum drawing fide; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 78. Panama Schlechter 1922 as Odontoglossum cariniferum; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 63. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Odontoglossum cariniferum; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 146. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Odontoglossum cariniferum; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Odontoglossum cariniferum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Odontoglossum cariniferum; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 as Odontoglossum cariniferum; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 5/461 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1569 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as Miltonioides carinifera drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Oncidium Vol 3 Koniger 2007 photo/drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide