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Oncidium gracile Graceful Oncidium


Graceful Oncidium , Oncidium gracile


Oncidium gracile Lindley 1837 SECTION Concoloria Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Graceful Oncidium

Flower Size 2/3" [1.5 cm]

Found in Belo Horizonte area of Minas Gerais, Brazil in dry savannahs or on dry iron ore hillsides under scrub as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing, semi-terrestrial among grasses in sandy soil or lithophyte in rock crevasses under scrub trees or as an epiphyte in woodlands at elevations of 500 to 1000 meters with tightly clustered pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical leaves that blooms on a erect, 12" to 40" [30 cm to 1 meters] long, few to several [6 to 12] flowered inflorescence with longlasting, well spaced flowers. This ground dwelling orchid needs to be potted in coarse treefern chunks with broken sandstone or other rock and given cool to hot temperatures with moderate light and plenty of water while growing and a lessening when not. Keikis are produced occasionally at the apex of older pseudobulbs and can be removed and potted on their own after the roots reach 3" to 4". Not to be confused with the Ecuadorian - Cyrtochilum/odontoglossum gracile which was Oncidium gracile ( Lindl. ) Beer 1854 this species has a large lip an is endemic to Brazil.

Synonyms Carenidium gracile (Lindl.) Baptista 2006; Concocidium gracile (Lindl.) Romowicz & Szlach. 2006