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Oncidium cultratum Knife-Shaped Oncidium


Knife-Shaped Oncidium , Oncidium cultratum


Oncidium cultratum Lindl. 1838 SECTION Heterantha Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Knife-Shaped Oncidium

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 1700 to 3700 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial orchid on steep embankments with a short rhizome carrying ovoid, slightly compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, distichous, imbricating sheaths with the upper few being foliaceous and carrying 1 to 2 apical, erect, coriaceous, linear-elliptical, leaves that are basally conduplicate and blooms on an erect, axillary, 12 to 16" [30 to 40 cm] long, paniculate, several flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb occuring at most any time of the year.

Synonyms Heteranthocidium cultratum (Lindl.) Szlach. 2006; Oncidium cuencanum Rchb. f. 1877; Oncidium formosissimum Rchb.f. 1852; Oncidium jamiesonii Lindl. 1850-1; Oncidium jamesonii Rchb.f. 1877