Oncidium cheirophorum Rchb. f. 1852 SECTION Rostrata

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Inflorescence Photos by © Milan Vágner

Plant and Flowers in situ Costa Rica Photo by © Wilfried Löderbusch

Fragrance Part shade Warm to Cool Fall Winter

Common Name The Hand Carrying Oncidium - The Colombia Buttercup

Flower Size less than 3/4" [less than 1.5 cm]

Found from Nicaragua to Colombia as a dwarf, cool to warm growing epiphyte in lower montane rainforests at elevations of 1000 to 2500 meters often in full sun on larger branches with smooth, lightly brown stained, pyriform, laterally compressed psuedobulbs with a single apical, thin, elliptic-lanceolate leaf that blooms on a slender, erect to arching, to 12" [30 cm] long, densely many flowered panicle arising on a mature pseudobulb that has triangular bracts with fragrant, waxy flowers occuring in the fall and winter.

Synonyms Oncidium cheirophorum var. exauriculatum Hamer & Garay 1974; Oncidium dielsianum Kraenzl. 1922; Oncidium exauriculatum (Hamer & Garay) R. Jiménez 1992; Oncidium macrorhynchum Kraenzl. 1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo ok; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Oncidium dielsianum drawing fide; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as O macrorhynchum drawing fide; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 82. Panama Schlechter 1922; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 258. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 8 1981 photo; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 900 Dodson 1983 as O cheirophorum var exauriculatum drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1240 Dodson 1985 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1468 Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 drawing fide/photo good; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 5 2000 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 2 2001 photo; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 11 2005 photo; Oncidium Vol 2 Koniger 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide;

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