Oncidium iricolor Rchb.f. 1854 SECTION Oblongata


Photos by © Eduardo A. Pérez García

Part shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Iris Oncidium [refers to the greek goddess of the rainbow an illusion to the colorful flower of this species]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico in mixed tropical montane forests at elevations around 1000 to 1700 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with ovate, laterally compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, loose, 16 to 24" [40 to 60 cm] long, many flowered, paniculate inflorescence with 6 to 8 branches, each carrying 2 to 4 scentless flowers

Synonyms Heteranthocidium pollardii (Dodson & Hágsater) Szlach., Mytnik & Romowicz 2006; Oncidium pollardii Dodson & Hágsater 1978; Vitekorchis iricolor (Rchb.f.) Romowicz & Szlach.2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Oncidium Vol 3 Koniger 2007 photo/drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide