Ornithocephalus montealegreae Pupulin 2002

Inflorescence and plant Photos by Franco Pupulin and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Warm Spring

Common Name The Montealegre Ornithocephalus [an area in the central valley of Costa Rica]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in lower premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations around 600 to 1090 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a fan shaped growth consisting of laterally flattened, linear-falcate to narrowly gladiate, obliquely acuminate, articulate below to the distichously imbricate sheaths with hyaline, scarious margins that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, slender, axillary, arched, to 3" [to 7.5 cm] long, many flowered, racemose, fractiflex, hispidulous inflorescence that is longer than the leaves.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Orchids, Mag. Amer. Orchid Soc. 71(11): 1017. 2002 photo & Drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #8 2017 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide