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Oncidium insigne Splendid Oncidium


Splendid Oncidium , Oncidium insigne


Oncidium insigne (Rolfe) Christenson 2002 SECTION Synsepala Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Common Name The Splendid Oncidium

Flower Size 2.1" [5.3 cm]

Found in Sao Paulo, Brazil as a medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with ovoid, elongate, slightly compressed and rugose, 4" [10 cm] psuedobulbs that have 2 to 3 apical, lanceolate, coriaceous yet flexible, curved 8" [20 cm] leaves. The basal panicle is stiff, usually pendant, branched, lax and 2 to 5' [60 to 150 cm] long and carrying many non-fragrant, variable sized flowers that arise in the fall and winter.

Often given as a synopnym of the variable flowered O varicosum but differs in the much larger flower, the callus consisting of three low parellell basal ridges terminating in a single, very large, bilaterally compressed, rhomboid tooth without any ancilliary knobs. The flower is also inflexed at a 90 degree angle relative to the base of the lip forming a shelf-like platform and the lateral sepals are solid brown of the same color as the deep red brown irregular blotch surrounding the crest.

Synonyms Ampliglossum insigne (Rolfe) Campacci 2006; Coppensia varicosa var. insignis (Rolfe) Campacci 2006; *Oncidium varicosum var. insigne Rolfe 1898; Oncidium varicosum var. moortebeekiense L.Linden 1906