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Oncidium planilabre Flat-Lip Oncidium


Flat-Lip Oncidium , Oncidium planilabre


Oncidium planilabre Lindl. 1851 SECTION Planilabria Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Part shadeHot to CoolSummer

Common Name The Flat-Lip Oncidium

Flower Size about 1" [to 2.5 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Panama and western Ecuador in tropical dry and moist forests as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte that is found at elevations of sealevel to 2500 meters with elliptical, ribbed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 2, apical, oblong-lanceolate leaves that blooms on an erect then arching, to 6' [to 180 cm] long, few branched inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and occuring in the summer.

Similar to Onc panamense Schlechter but differs in being a smaller plant, and the column is wingless, instead there are 3 downward projecting teeth over the stigma and a 2mm long tubercle at the base of the crest. The arrows in the photo point to these teeth and tubercle.

Synonyms Oncidium aloisii Schltr. 1921; Oncidium calobulbon Linden & Rchb.f. 1882; Oncidium hirundo Rchb. f. 1857