Oncidium incurvum Barker ex Lindl. 1840 SECTION Oblongata

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Inflorescence and Flowers

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Common Name The Bent Oncidium [refers to the inward curved petals]

Flower Size 1" to 1 1/2" [2.5 to 3.75 cm]

Occurring in Mexico and Nicaragua in evergreen cloud forest and upper mountain rain forests at altitudes of 1300 to 2150 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an ovoid to ellipsoid, ribbed, compressed pseudobulb enveloped basally by several leaf-bearing sheaths and 1 to 3, apical, narrowly linear-elliptic, subcoriaceous, acute to obtuse leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a basal, erect to gracefully arching, 1 to 2 per pseudobulb, 3 to 5' [90 to 150 cm] long, paniculate inflorescence with, narrow, triangular, scarious bracts arising on a mature pseudobulb and having many, weakly fragrant flowers.

This is a medium size epiphyte with clusters of compressed, ridged pseudobulbs. The long pointed leaves are carried at the top of the pseudobulb. Best grown under cool to cold conditions, with year round watering, but reduced in winter.

Synonyms Oncidium albo-violaceum A. Rich & Gal. 1845; Oncidium incurvum f. album (Linden) Christenson 2006; Oncidium incurvum var. album Linden 1882

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Mexico and Guatemala Bateman 1843 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1242 Dodson 1985 drawing ok; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 73 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Oncidium Vol 2 Koniger 2005 drawing/photo fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018