Lockhartia amoena Endres & Rchb. f. 1872

Photo by Sune Holt

Another Flower showing variability of the calli on the lip


Flower Closeup

Photos by Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name or Meaning The Beautiful Lockhartia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 300 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte in lower montane forests on large trees and branches with cork-like bark with laterally compressed, elongate stems enveloped completely by imbricating, distichous, basally clasping, closely spaced, alternate, obliquely angled, fleshy, triangular, acute, entirely conduplicate longitudinally leaves that blooms late winter and spring on an axillary, to 1.2" [to 3 cm] long, paniculate, few to many flowered inflorescence with a few branches carrying one to a few flowers.

This species has great variabilty in the very short to long calli on the lip, other wise they are the same in general overall shape and in the tepals

Synonyms Lockhartia costaricensis Schltr. 1906;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 69. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1028 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1446 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 6 2003 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing ; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo ok; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide