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Oncidium sphacelatum Burnt Spot Oncidium


Burnt Spot Oncidium , Oncidium sphacelatum


Oncidium sphacelatum Lindl. 1841 SECTION Oblongata Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Burnt Spot Oncidium

Flower Size to 1" [to 2.5 cm] Fragrant

This is a giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte with compressed, oblong pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, linear-ligulate, suberect, rigid, acute leaves found in tropical and mountain rain forests occuring in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Venezuela where it is found below 1000 meters and blooms in the spring with a basal, to 6' [180 cm] long, lateral to pendulous, short branched, purple mottled panicle arising from the leaf bearing sheaths of a mature pseudobulb that has triangular bracts and many showy, weakly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Oncidium massangei C. Morr. 1977; Oncidium sphacelatum var. majus Lindl 1841; Oncidium sphacelatum var. minus Lindl 1841; Oncidium stenostalix Rchb.f ex Kraenzel. 1922