Oncidium lepidum Linden & Rchb.f. 1870 SECTION Excavata

Photo by Wilibald Koniger

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Common Name The Beautiful Oncidium

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador and Amazonas department of Peru at elevations around 1100 meters in wet montane forests as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to narrowly ovate, strongly laterally compressed, ancipitose pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, linear-lanceoalte, obtuse, narrowing belo into a shortly conduplicate base leaf that blooms on an axillary, nodding, peduncle ususally shorter thna the rachis, 100 to 140" [250 to 350 cm] long overall, rachis 20 to 30 branched, each branch 5 to 12 flowered, branches spreading, many flowered inflorescence carrying nonfragrant flowers.

Synonyms Vitekorchis lepida (Linden & Rchb.f.) Romowicz & Szlach. 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Oncidium Vol 2 Koniger 2005 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006