Osmoglossum convallarioides Schltr. 1923 Photo by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

inflorescence Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

FragrancePart sun Cool to Warm WinterSpring

Common Name The Lily of The Valley-Like Osmoglossum - In Costa Rica - Lirio Del Valle

Flower Size 1/4" [6 cm]

Found from Guatemala south to Costa Rica at elevations of 1475 to 2700 meters on the Pacific side in premontane and lower montane cloud forests on tree trunks as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte with elliptic-ovoid, sulcate, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 or more, soon deciduous, imbricating, lower most leafless, upper most leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2, apical, coriaceous, flexuous, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, acute, conduplicate towards the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a lateral, racemose, 10 to 12" [25 to 30 cm] long inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb carrying small, non-resupinate, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Cuitlauzina convallarioides (Schltr.) Dressler & N.H.Williams 2003; Odontoglossum convallarioides [Schlechter] Ames & Correll 1943;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 148. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Odontoglossum convallarioides; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 11 1964 as Oddontoglossum convallariodes; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Odontoglossum convallarioides; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1475 Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 drawing fide/photo not = O egertoniifide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 as Cuitlauzina convallarioides; photo fide