Comparettia ignea P.Ortiz 1993

Red Flower

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Another Flower

Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Fire Red Comparettia

Flower Size 3/4" [1.85 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations of 1400 to 1600 meters as a small sized, cool, pendant growing, twig epiphyte with closely spaced pseudobulbs partially enveloped by a pair of distichous, imbricating, conduplicate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, fleshy, oblong, acute, tapering below into a very narrow conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the late winter through spring on a newly matured pseudobulb along the axil of the sheath and has delicate basal, arching to pendant, sometimes irregularly branched inflorescence with up to 8 successively opening flowers and likes moderate sun.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 63 #4 1999 photo fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo not = C speciosa; Orchids of Tropical America an introduction and guide Meisel 2014 photo fide; good; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide