Oncidium waluewa Rolfe 1904 SECTION Waluewa

Photo by John Varigos and His Orchid webpage


Photo by Christer Carlson

Part shadeCoolFallto EARLYWinter

Common Name The Beautiful Leochilus

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Rio de Janiero state of Brazil and Paraguay in montane rainforests at elevations of 900 to 1200 meters as an odd, miniature, cool growing epiphytic species with conical, slightly compressed, sulcate psuedobulbs with a single, apical, erect or erect-spreading, coriaceous, lanceolate, acute, petiolate leaf that blooms in the fall through early winter on a pendulous, slender, densely several to many [6 to 20] flowered, 4" [10 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with ovate-triangular, acute, greenish white floral bracts and nodding, strongly concave, scentless flowers.

Synonyms Baptistonia pulchella (Regel) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2004; Gomesa pulchella (Regel) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2009; Leochilus pulchellus (Regel) Cogn. 1906; *Waluewa pulchella Regel 1890;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing hmm; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Leochilus puchellus; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo 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 drawing fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006 as Baptistonia pulchella; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilenses Vol II Plate 115 Castro Neto 2006 as Baptistonia pulchella drawing/photo fide; Oncidium Vol 3 Koniger 2007 photo/drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Brazil Vol 1 Oncidinae Baptista, Harding & Neto 2011 as Baptistonia pulchella photo fide