Ornithocephalus garayi (D.E.Benn. & Christenson) Toscano & Dressler 2000

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Part shadeCoolCold Winter

Common Name Garay's Ornithocephalus [Hungarian Born American Taxomonist and former Oakes Ames Orchid Herbarium at Harvard University Died 2016]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Pasco department of Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect stem enveloped completley by conduplicate, imbricating leaf sheaths carrying in a fan, bilaterally compressed, basally conduplicate with free margins, lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the winter on 1 to 2 per axil, to 10 per stem, axillary, pubescent, to 2" [to 5 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Similar to O ecuadorensis but differs in the longer, obovate, rounded lip with broadly rounded auricles and denticulate floral segments.

Synonyms *Sphyrastylis garayi D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 573 Bennett & Christenson 1998; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014 as Sphyrastylis garayi