Ornithocephalus cochleariformis C. Schweinf. 1937

Photo by Orchid Blog

Flower Closeup

Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation At the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower

Photo by Mauro Rosim of Brazil

Part sun Warm WinterSpring

Common Name The Shell-Shaped Lip Ornithocephalus

Flower Size 1/4" [6mm]

Found in Panama and Colombia at altitudes of 600 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm growing epiphyte with a fan of narrowly elloiptic-oblong to broadly ensiform, acute to obliquely acute, articulate below into the oblong, persistent, conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the in the winter and spring on an erect, 4 1/2" [12 cm] long, racemose few to several flowered inflorescence.

This epiphytic species is best mounted on cork, tree fern or wood, given shady, humid conditions with even, year round waterings.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; S Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 7 1960 photo good; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 4 1994 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #7 2016 photo good; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide