Ornithocephalus caveroi D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001

TYPE Drawing by Pastorelli, Bennett & Christenson

Part Shade Hot Warm LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name Cavero's Ornithocephalus [Peruvian Discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Puno department of Peru at elevations around 500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a fan of equitant, narrowly lanceolate-falcate, narrowing basally, acuminate, subfalcate, articulated to the shallowly conduplicate sheath leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on 1 to 2, axillary, 2.4" [6 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying campanulate flowers with glistening bristle-like white adornments the tepals with carinate, intense emerald green midveins, the lateral lobes of the lip green with a yellow apical margin, the cavity with shiny yellowspiculaes, the midlobe white, crystalline with 5 emerald green veins, the central callus bright yellow with an orange apex, the column white tinted very pale green and the anther greenish yellow.

Similar to O ciliatus but O caveroi differs in the far more bristly flower, the erect and inflexed fimbriate lip midlobe and the spiculate lip cavity.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 737 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014