Ornithocephalus aurorae D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1998

Drawing by Bennett & Christenson

Part Shade Warm LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning Aurora's Ornithocephalus [Mrs Bennett Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with equitant fan-shaped growths carrying numerous, bilaterally compressed, oblong-lanceolate, acute leaves articulate to the persistent, distichous, imbricating sheaths that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an axillary, racemose, 2.4" [6 cm] long, slightly longer than the leaves, several flowered inflorescence with 1 to several, small, lanceolate bracts and subsimilar floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 538 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014