Oncidium imitans Dressler 1997 SECTION Synsepala Photo by Dressler, Used under permission of the The Epidendra Website

part Shade Cool

Common Name The Similar Oncidium

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in tall wet, evergreen forests at elevations around 1500 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with ovate to elliptical, laterally compressed, 2 edged pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong-lanceolate, apically, unequally bilobed, gradually narrowing and conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an axillary, to 3.2" to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long racemose, ascending, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Epidendra Website; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Oncidium Vol 3 Koniger 2007 drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide