Ornithocephalus longilabris Schltr. 1921 Photo by The Ecuagenera Website

Full shadeWarm Winter

Common Name The Long-Lipped Ornithocephalus

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Huanuco and Junin departments of Peru at elevations around 600 to 700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with equitant, complanate, ancipitous, fleshy, variable, some obliquely lanceolate-falciform especially those towards the base, the central, lanceolate, articulated to the distichous, imbricating, persistent sheath leaves that blooms in the winter on axillary, racemose, pubescent, 1.6" [4 cm] long, 7 to 10 flowered inflorescence with triangular, concave, pubescent, subequal to the ovary floral bracts and carrying spreading flowers with lightly reflexed segments and the tepals white with dark green veins, the lip white with the center pale green with 5 dark green veins becoming much paler toward the apex, the column pale green and the pollina pale yellowish white.

Distinguished by the inflorescence shorter than the leaves, the rostellum longer than the column, the setose sepals, the oblique, nearly transverse 2 veined petals serrulate on their edges, the sigmoid rostellum and the setose depressions on either side of the obtriangular callus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 542 Bennett & Christenson 1998 as O myrticola drawing fide;