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Oncidium lietzei Lietz's Oncidium


Lietz's Oncidium, Oncidium lietzei


Oncidium lietzei Regel 1880 SECTION Waluewa Photo courtesy of Americo Docha Neto and Orchidstudium

Full Shade, Warm Cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning Lietz's Oncidium [German Orchid Collector in Brazil 1800's]

Flower Size .9 to 1.2" [2.2 to 3 cm]

Found in southeastern and southern Brazil at elevations of 800 to 1400 meters in shade on moss covered lower tree branches as a miniature to just medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with close set, cylindrical to conical, slightly compressed pseudobulbs partially enveloped by white papery sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, erect to spreading, thick, leathery, dull green, oblong to elliptic, acute and recurved apically, conduplicate below into the base leaves that blooms in the fall on a basal, slender, arching to pendulous, 16 to 35" [40 to 90 cm] long, to 20 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and holding all the flowers in the apical half

Synonyms Baptistonia lietzei (Regel) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2004; Oncidium hrubyanum Rchb.f. 1883; Oncidium lietzei var. aureomaculatum Regel 1887; Oncidium lietzei var. bicolor Regel 1887