Oncidium mantense Dodson & R.Estrada 2003 SECTION Oncidium

Photo by Steve Starnes and his Hawaiian tropical Plants website

Part shadeHot Spring

Common Name The Manta Oncidium [A city in Manabi' province of Ecuador] Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Manabi province of Ecuador in tropical dry forests at elevations around 100 meters as a small to just medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with close set, ovoid, flattened, shallowly ribbed longitudinally pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few non-foliaceous sheaths and carrying 2 apical, erect, oblong, obtuse, smooth, dark green, gradually narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, to 10' [2.5 meters] long, paniculate, each branch to 2.8" [7 cm] long, and carrying 5 to 9 flowers, terete, nodding, several to many flowered inflorescence with 3 to 4 remote, triangular tightly adpressed bracts and has triangular tightly adpressed floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide see pg 880/881