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Oncidium ornithorhynchum Birds Beak Oncidium


Birds Beak Oncidium , Oncidium ornithorhynchum


Oncidium ornithorhynchum H.B.K. 1815 SECTION Rostrata

Common Name The Birds Beak Oncidium

Flower Size 3/4" [to 2 cm]

This is a northern Central American, cold to warm growing species that grows as an epiphyte in humid forests at altitudes up to 1500 meters and likes a semi-winter rest. Found as a medium sized, epiphytic plant with oval, compressed, 2 1/2" [6 cm] pseudobulbs that are fairly closely grouped on the rhizome and as a rule there are two apical, flexible, curved, linear-lanceolate, 8" [20 cm] leaves. The basal, curving or pendulous, to 2' [60 cm] long, dense and branched, strongly arched panicle, sometimes two to a mature pseudobulb, arise in the fall and winter and have numerous fragrant longlasting flowers. I mounted this species on cork and it thrives, many times blooming more than once a year.