Prosthechea ochracea [Lindl.] Higgins 1997

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Common Name The Ochre Yellow Prosthechea

Flower Size 1/2 to 3/4" [1.25 to 2 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama that occurs at elevations of 500 to 3500 meters as a medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with loosely clustered, narrowly ovoid to fusiform-ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 towards the apex, narrowly ligulate-elliptic to ligulate-lanceolate, acute or narrowly obtuse leaves that blooms mostly in the spring and summer but possible at any time of the year, on an apical, to 12" [6 to 30 cm] long, simple, pendulous to arching, densly many [6 to 12] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb that is shorter or just as long as the leaves and has non-resupinate, successive opening, fleshy, cup shaped flowers.

This species can be distinguished from P guttata by not having a warty-echinate surface on the flowers.

Synonyms Encyclia ochracea (Lindl.) Dressler 1961 ; *Epidendrum ochraceum Lindl. 1838; Epidendrum parviflorum Sessé & Moc. 1894; Epidendrum triste A. Rich. & Gal. 1845

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1869 as Epidendrum ochreaceum drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Epdiendrum ochraceum; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 122. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Epidendrum ochraceum; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 215. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Epidendrum ochraceum; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as Epidendrum ovchraceum ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum ochraceum; Die Orchideen #9 33-36 tafel 9 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Hormidium ochracea drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 as Epidendrum ochraceum drawing/photo fide; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979 as Encyclia ochracea; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Epidendrum ochraceum drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Encyclia ochracea drawing fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995 as Encyclia ochracea; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; The Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 7 The Debateable Epidendrum Withner & Harding 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 9 2008 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #8 2016 photo ok; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide