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Oncidium loefgrenii Loefgren's Oncidium


Loefgren's Oncidium, Oncidium loefgrenii


Oncidium loefgrenii Cogn. 1905 SECTION Concoloria

Common Name Loefgren's Oncidium [Swedish Botanist in Brazil late 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Southern Brazil in cool mountains and warm dry savannahs at elevations of 1100 to 100 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, slightly flattened, strongly ribbed, purple spotted pseudobulbs partially enveloped by 1 or 2 basal, leaf-bearing sheaths and carry 2 apical, glossy, deep green, narrow, strap-like, conduplicate below into the petiole-like base leaves with a prominent mid-vein that blooms in the late fall through early winter on a branched, 6" [15 cm] long, pendant, several, succesively opening flowered, racemose inflorescence. Mount this orchid on tree fern or wood to accomodate the pendant inflorescence and give moderate to heavy shade, high humidity, a dry winter rest .

This species, Onc lofgreni and O hookeri are all very similar and according to Brazilians sources are only separated if the area of collection is known as differences are very small and are mostly vegatative..

Synonyms Carenidium loefgrenii (Cogn.) Baptista 2006; Menezesiella loefgrenii (Cogn.) V.P. Castro & Chiron 2006; Oncidium mellifluum Kraenzl. 1922