Oncidium leleui R.Jiménez & Soto Arenas 1990 SECTION Oblongata

Photo by © Greenwood and The Herbario AMO Website


Photo by Danny Lentz ©, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

Common Name Leleu's Oncidium [Mexican Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm]

Found in southwestern Mexico in the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Oaxaca and Guerrero in deciduous forests with a dry season at elevations around 250 to 950 meters as a large to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with elliptical to ovate, strongly laterally compressed, ancipitous, longitudinally grooved, clear yellow partially enveloped basally by several imbricate, leaf-bearing sheaths and carryig 1 to 2, apical, acute, linear to strap-shaped, greenish-yellow, conduplicate below into a long, narrow petiole-like base leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, arching, 20 to 70" [47.5 to 175 cm] long, many flowered inflorescnece arising on a mature pseudobulb and carrying widely spread flowers that are located from end to end of the inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 12: 58 Jimenez & Soto1990 drawing/photo fide; Oncidium Vol 2 Koniger 2005 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006;