Ornithocephalus falcatus Focke 1848 Photo by Maarten Sepp

Full shade Warm CoolSpring Summer

Common Name The Falcate Ornithocephalus

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana, Fr Guiana, Surinam, northern Brazil, Ecuador and Peru in extremely wet lower montane forests at elevations of 450 to 1770 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a fan of variabler, obliquely lanceolate, subfalcate, articulate to the sheaths, conduplicate fused, strongly complanate, fleshy leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on axillary, peduncle and bracts glabrous, about equal to the leaves, .68 to 1.48" [1.7 to 3.7 cm] long, 7 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

Many sources put this species as a synonym of O gladiatus


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 5 Foldats 1970; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 563 Dodson 1985 as O falcatus drawing ok; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 541 Bennett & Christenson 1998 O falcatus drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 O falcatus drawing/photo ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as O falcatus drawing/photo fide;