Ornithocephalus castelfrancoi Pupulin 2000 Drawing by Franco Pupulin and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Warm Winter

Common Name Castelfranco's Ornithocephalus [Costa Rican Director of Gaia Botanical Gardens in Quepos Costa Rica current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in wet premontane forests at elevations around 740 meters as a miniature sized, warm, pendent growing epiphyte with a fan of elliptic-oblong to ensiform in profile, acute, articulate below into the conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the winter on 1 to 6, axillary, arching to erect, to 5" [12.5 cm] long, densely glandular-hispid, many flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, cilate margined, hirsute keeled floral bracts.

Similar to O cochleariformis but differs in the flowers with the perianth not spreading, a much smaller ovate, free lip and a short wingless column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lindleyana 15(1): 27, f. 4. 2000 Pupulin drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #7 2016 photo not = O zamoranus; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide