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Oncidium ensatum Sword Shaped Oncidium


Sword Shaped Oncidium , Oncidium ensatum


Oncidium ensatum Lindl. 1842 SECTION Oblongata Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Part shade Hot Warm LATE Winter to Spring

Common Name The Sword Shaped Oncidium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Sorry about the crappy pictures.

Found in Florida, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama in low altitude, wet forests on rocky slopes at elevations below 1000 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or terrestrial with compressed, longitudinally ribbed, pale green pseudobulbs enveloped basally by imbricating, sheaths with the uppermost being leaf-bearing and carrying 2, apical, erect, linear-ensiform, subcoriaceous, dorsally carinate, conduplicate below into the base leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an axillary, to 6' [2 m] long, arching, paniculate inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb. Plants from the Caribbean attributed to this name are listed under Oncidium floridanum

Synonyms Cyrtopodium verrucosum Griseb. 1866; Oncidium cerebriferum Rchb.f 1852; Oncidium confusum Rchb.f. 1858; Oncidium floridanum Ames 1924