!Ornithophora radicans (Rchb. f.) Garay & Pabst 1951

Side View of Bird

Inflorescence Photos by Jay Pfahl.

Front View Photo by Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Another Clone Photo by Jay Pfahl.

Inflorescence Photo by Bill Bergstrom

Fragrance Part shade Hot to Warm Summerand Fall

Common Name The Ground Rooting Ornithophora

Flower Size 1/4" [5mm to 1 cm]

Found in Espirito Santo, Rio de Janiero, Sao Paulo, Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul states of Brazil near the coast at elevations around 400 meters as a miniature sized, warm to hot growing epiphyte with thin, narrow, oblong-ligulate, compressed, ancipitous pseudobulbs subtended basally by several, distichous, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2 apical, grasslike, cuneate, linear-ligulate, acute, membraneous leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an arching, slender, 7" [18 cm] long, loosely several flowered inflorescence carrying tiny fragrant honey scented flowers.

Best grown on a slab of tree fern in warm to cool temperatures, moderate shade and kept moist year round except for a short dry rest after the pseudobulb has matured.

Synonyms Gomesa radicans (Rchb.f.) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2009; Ornithophora quadricolor Barb. Rodr. 1882; *Sigmatostalix radicans Rchb. f. 1864

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Sigmatostalix radicans; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Sigmatostalix radicans; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as SIgmatostalix radicans drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968 as Sigmatostalix radicans photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 3 1970; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band II Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 4 1994 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 4 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture, Odontoglossum/Oncidium Bakers 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 8 2007 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 73 No 2 2008 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Brazil Vol 1 Oncidinae Baptista, Harding & Neto 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 as Gomesa radicans; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #10 2018 as Gomesa radicans photo fide;