Oncidium spilopterum Lindley 1844 SECTION Verrucituberculata

Plant and Flowers in situ Parque Serra Do Cipo' - Minas Gerais Elevation 1400 meters Photos courtesy of Jay Pfahl

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Common Name The Spotted Wing Oncidium

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

This small to medium sized, cool to warm growing terrestrial occurs in Minias Gerais and Mato Gosso do Sul states of Brazil and Paraguay in dry/swampy savannahs and hot lowlands at elevations around 300 to 1200 meters with clustered, ovoid-conical, slightly compressed, sulcate in time pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, coriaceous, erect-spreading, linear-lanceolate, acute leaves that are dorsally keeled and blooms in the fall and winter in Brazil on an arcuate, erect to nodding, simple, several flowered [6 to 10], 12 to 36" [30 to 90 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with rigid, triangular-linear, acuminate floral bracts and nodding flowers.

Synonyms Ampliglossum spilopterum (Lindl.) Campacci 2006; Coppensia spiloptera (Lindl.) Campacci 2006; Gomesa spiloptera (Lindl.) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2009; Oncidium batemanianum var. spilopterum ( Lindl. ) Lindl. 1855; Oncidium ghillanyi Pabst 1972; Oncidium saint-legerianum Rolfe 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 5 1973 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 11 2005 photo; Oncidium Vol 2 Koniger 2005; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 8 2007 as Coppensia spiloptera; Oncidium Vol 3 Koniger 2007 photo/drawing fide; Orchids of Brazil Vol 1 Oncidinae Baptista, Harding & Neto 2011 as Coppensia spiloptera photo fide