Oncidium foveatum Lindl. 1855

Photo By Erica Moron de Abad and Her Biorquidtropic Peru Lab Web Page

Part Sun Cool to Cold LATE WinterSpring

Common Name The Deep Pit Oncidium

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations of 1600 to 3000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte on rocks and or red clay with oval to pear-shaped, lightly laterally compressed pseudobulbs almost completely enveloped by several [8+], imbricating, leafless below, leaf-bearing above sheaths and carrying a single, apical, widest near the middle and taper to the acute apex, shortly conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter to spring on an basal, erect, to 43" [to 110 cm] long, densely racemose or few branched, loosely flowered inflorescence with evenly spaced, acuminate small bracts

CAUTION! Often cited as a synonym of O auriferum, but if Erica's determination here is correct and Koniger determination of O auriferum is correct then it is not possible for O foveatum to be a synonym of O auriferum, so I leave them separate until further references become available.

Synonyms Vitekorchis foveata (Lindl.) Romowicz & Szlach.2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 141 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Oncidium Vol 2 Koniger 2005 photo/drawing as syn O auriferum?; Orchid Species Culture Oncidium/Odontoglossum Alliance Bakers 2006;